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Report: American Citizen Among Dead From Gaza Flotilla Incident

The New York Times quotes officials in Turkey and Washington in identifying one of the dead from the Gaza flotilla incident as an American citizen.

The development added a new diplomatic complexity as Israel struggled to defuse rising international anger over its raid on six ships seeking to break its blockade of the Gaza Strip, where officials from the Hamas movement were reported on Thursday to be resisting Israeli efforts to deliver truckloads of goods seized from the flotilla […]

A senior Turkish official, who spoke in return for anonymity under government rules, said Turkish investigators examining the dead had found that one of them was an American of Turkish descent, but did not identify the American by name. A United States official in Washington confirmed that an American was among the dead.

Reports in the Turkish press identified the American as Furkan Dogan, a 19-year-old who was born in the United States and lived there for four years before returning to Turkey with his family.

Seems like the American basically lived most of their life in Turkey. Further, the fact that Hamas may be resisting the acceptance of the humanitarian supplies on the flotilla shows what a mess this is all around. They are officially refusing to accept the goods until all detainees from the flotilla have been freed. My understanding is that’s happening.

At any rate, this could come to a head tomorrow, when the MV Rachel Corrie, another humanitarian aid ship, closes in on Gaza. The Irish government has backed the Corrie, saying that interference with their mission would be taken as a serious breach in the relationship between them and Israel. The US officially is urging that the Israeli government use “caution and restraint” with this next shipment, so that another diplomatic disaster like the first flotilla does not ensue. In fact, they highlighted “the anticipated presence of civilians, including American citizens.” But an American citizen was apparently among the dead on Monday.

The Israeli government still rejects lifting the naval blockade against Gaza, which really sits at the center of this incident and the broader international crisis.

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