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Thu May 24, 2012, 09:57 AM

Israel offered $6 million to Turk raid victims: lawyer

Source: Reuters

Israel offered 6 million to Turk raid victims: lawyer

By Jonathon Burch and Tulay Karadeniz

ANKARA | Thu May 24, 2012 9:19am EDT

(Reuters) - A Turkish lawyer said on Thursday that Israel had offered to pay $6 million to victims of Israel's storming of a Gaza-bound Turkish aid flotilla to settle lawsuits against the Israeli military.

However, a senior Israeli official who declined to be named said that Israel, having indicated last year that it was prepared to indemnify victims without accepting blame, had not renewed its offer.

Turkey and Israel fell out badly in 2010 when Israeli commandos stormed the Mavi Marmara aid ship to enforce a naval blockade of the Palestinian-run Gaza Strip and killed nine Turks in clashes with activists.

Ramazan Ariturk, one of several lawyers representing 465 victims and victims' relatives, told Reuters that the Israeli government had made a proposal to him through an intermediary foreign ambassador in Ankara just over one month ago.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/24/us-turkey-israel-flotilla-idUSBRE84N0V420120524

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