The Turkish ship Mavi Marmara may soon set sail again for Gaza, according to reports in Palestinian media, as part of a flotilla which will challenge Israel’s naval blockade of the territory.
In May 2010, the Mavi Marmara ferry was boarded by Israeli commandos as it attempted to break the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. In the ensuing melee, after the Israeli soldiers were attacked with iron bars and wooden bats, troops opened fire and nine Turkish activists were killed. Ten Israeli soldiers were injured. Israel designates the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), which organized the first flotilla, as a terrorist organization.
The IHH is expected to hold a press conference on its plans later today.
–Times of Israel staff and AFP