Some of the activists indeed took three or four bullets with at least a couple delivered from short range to the head. Single shots to the head might indicate simple attempts to kill, but shooting someone to the head at less than two feet, after they've already been shot several times, indicates a massacre.
Nine Turkish men on board the Mavi Marmara were shot a total of 30 times and five were killed by gunshot wounds to the head, according to the vice-chairman of the Turkish council of forensic medicine....
The results revealed that a 60-year-old man, Ibrahim Bilgen, was shot four times in the temple, chest, hip and back. A 19-year-old, named as Fulkan Dogan, who also has US citizenship, was shot five times from less that 45cm, in the face, in the back of the head, twice in the leg and once in the back. Two other men were shot four times, and five of the victims were shot either in the back of the head or in the back, said Yalcin Buyuk, vice-chairman of the council of forensic medicine.
This is still based on Turkish reports, but it seems a bit more believable with a little distance, and someone putting their name and reputation behind it.
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