Turkey and Israel can’t agree on Flotilla compensation 31May13 May 31, 2013

MEMO-Middle East Monitor    -   30 May 2013

turkey-flotillaThree rounds of discussions over the amount of compensation to be paid for the victims of Israel’s assault on the 2010 Freedom Flotilla have not resolved the issue, media reports claim. Turkey’s Sabah newspaper claims that there is still a big gap between the compensation demanded by Ankara for the nine Turkish citizens killed by Israel on the Mavi Marmara and the amount offered by Israel.

Turkey is demanding $1 million for the family of each of the nine men killed by Israeli commandos when they stormed the flotilla vessels in international waters as they were taking humanitarian aid to break the siege of Gaza. Israel has said that it will only pay $100,000 to the victims’ families; it has already issued an official apology for the deaths.

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