American Citizen Among Flotilla Dead
Posted on Jun 3, 2010
One of the nine flotilla passengers shot dead by Israeli commandos was a 19-year-old American-born student named Furkan Dogan. He was shot four times in the head and once in the chest.
The American citizen was identified by the Anatolia news agency as Furkan Dogan, a 19-year-old student. His body had four bullet wounds to the head and one to the chest, the news agency reported.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday that President Obama expresses his deep condolences to his family. “Obviously this is extremely horrible news for them,” Gibbs said. “Our ambassador [to Turkey] has been in touch with his father and I would reiterate that we have with the U.N. Security Council condemned the acts that have led to these deaths.”
AP / Dogan family
U.S.-born Furkan Dogan is shown in a 2008 photo made available by his family. The 19-year-old American citizen was one of nine activists killed by Israeli military forces Monday in the takeover of a flotilla of aid ships bound for Gaza.