The NYT leaked the Report of the Secretary-General’s Panel of Inquiry on the 31 May 2010 Flotilla Incident.
Here is link to the final report:
graphics8.nytimes.com/package...nal-report.pdf (external - login to view)
Basically the report finds Israel has a right to impose a navel blockade against Gaza, but it does not have the right to use "excessive" and "unreasonable" force to enforce the blockade. As a result of the report, Turkey has expelled Israel's Ambassador and reduced its diplomatic ties with Israel.
Here are some noteworthy quotes:
The information contained in the two reports largely coincides with respect to the wounds received by the nine deceased.406 In the Panel’s view the following facts are of particular concern and have not been adequately answered in the material provided by
Israel. Although the Israeli Point of Contact provided a general response to these points,407 he was unable to provide the Panel with more detailed information, particularly with respect to the death of the passenger described below:408
Seven of the nine persons killed received multiple gunshot wounds to critical regions of the body: Ali Bengi,409 Cengiz Akyüz,410 Çetin Topçuoğlu,411 Fahri Yaldız,412 Furkan Doğan,413 İbrahim Bilgen414 and Necdet Yıldırım.415
Five of those killed had bullet wounds indicating they had been shot from behind: Cengiz Akyüz,416 Çetin Topçuoğlu,417 Necdet Yıldırım,418 Furkan Doğan419 and İbrahim Bilgen.420 This last group included three with bullet wounds to the back of the head: Cengiz Akyüz,421 Çetin Topçuoğlu422 and Furkan Doğan.423 İbrahim Bilgen was killed by a shot to the right temple.424
Two people were killed by a single bullet wound: Cevdet Kılıçlar was killed by a single shot between the eyes;425 and Cengiz Songür was killed by a shot to the base of the throat.426
At least one of those killed, Furkan Doğan, was shot at extremely close range.427 Mr. Doğan sustained wounds to the face, back of the skull, back and left leg. That suggests he may already have been lying wounded when the fatal shot was delivered, as suggested by witness accounts to that effect.428
No evidence has been provided to establish that any of the deceased were armed with lethal weapons.429 Video footage shows one passenger430 holding only an open fire hose being killed by a single shot to the head or throat fired from a speedboat.431
Some of the witness accounts appended to the Turkish report say that two passengers on board were killed by shots from the first helicopter prior to the actual boarding taking place,432 although by no means all the witnesses say this. On the material before it, the Panel cannot conclude whether the deaths occurred in this way."
The Panel further notes that the boarding of the remaining vessels in the flotilla was also conducted by the use of force. There is no suggestion that live fire was used, but both reports and witness accounts describe the use of stun grenades, paintballs, beanbag rounds and tasers even though there was no armed violent resistance on any of these vessels.435 Injuries were sustained by some passengers, but there were no fatalities.436"
The loss of life and injuries resulting from the use of force by Israeli forces during the take-over of the Mavi Marmara was unacceptable. Nine passengers were killed and many others seriously wounded by Israeli forces. No satisfactory explanation has been provided to the Panel by Israel for any of the nine deaths. Forensic evidence showing that most of the deceased were shot multiple times, including in the back, or at close range has not been adequately accounted for in the material presented by Israel.
There was significant mistreatment of passengers by Israeli authorities after the take-over of the vessels had been completed through until their deportation. This included physical mistreatment, harassment and intimidation, unjustified confiscation of belongings and the denial of timely consular assistance.
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