Factbox: Turk charity names dead, missing from ship raid

(BestGrowthStock) – Here is a list of names and some details of pro-Palestinian activists from Turkey who were reported killed in the Israeli interception of their convoy carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza.

The names were given by the Istanbul-based Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH), the main organizer of the flotilla.

All the people killed were men. Eight of them were Turkish nationals, while one was an American of Turkish descent, according to the state-run Anatolian news agency.

Not all names have been independently verified.

Three people — Aydin Atac, Celebi Bozan and Osman Kurt — have been reported missing, IHH said on its website.

The names of the dead are:

* Cengiz Akyuz, 41, from Iskenderun, southern Turkey.

* Ali Haydar Bengi, 39, from Diyarbakir, the largest city in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast.

* Ibrahim Bilgen, 61, an electrical engineer from the southeastern town of Siirt and the father of one son, Anatolian reported.

* Furkan Dogan, 19, was a Turkish-American traveling with a U.S. passport, Anatolian said. A forensic report said he was shot at close range, with four bullets in his head and one in his chest, the agency said.

* Cevdet Kiliclar, 38, a journalist born in the central Turkish town of Kayseri, Anatolian said. He was also employed by the IHH in Istanbul.

* Cengiz Songur, 47, from the Aegean port city of Izmir.

* Cetin Topcuoglu, 54, a former European taekwondo champion who later worked as a coach for Turkey’s national team, an official from the Turkish Taekwondo Federation said. Topcuoglu lived in the southern city of Adana.

* Fahri Yaldiz, 43, a firefighter and father of four from the southern town of Adiyaman, Anatolian reported. His brother Habip told the agency that Fahri had long wanted to die fighting in Israel to become a “martyr.”

* Necdet Yildirim, 32, originally from Malatya, worked for the IHH.

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(Compiled by Ayla Jean Yackley and Ece Toksabay)

Factbox: Turk charity names dead, missing from ship raid