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A thousand boats will start from Turkey to break the blockade of Gaza – Fears of a new Mavi Marmara

A thousand boats seem to gather in the Turkey on Wednesday to start a sea march to Gaza Strip with the aim of breaking the Israeli blockade of the Palestinian enclave and transporting humanitarian aid.

As mentioned by TUruk news website Haber7in the boats they will board 4,500 people from 40 countries, “including Jewish activists” who oppose the war. Russian activists will be on board 313 boats and Spaniards on 104.

According to the Turkish website, which is cited by the Times of Israelonly 12 of the approximately one thousand ships in the flotilla will be Turkish.

Volkan Oku, one of the organizers of the initiative, said that the flotilla is scheduled to depart Turkish shores on Thursday and noted that “it will strictly follow international rules”. He also pointed out that on the boats there will not be a single weapon so that Israel “has no excuse to intervene”.

The flotilla is expected to make a first stop in Cyprus before continuing its course to the Israeli port of Ashdod.

The new initiative is reminiscent of his “Gaza Freedom Fleet”where was held in May 2010. Then a flotilla of activists from around the world, including Greeks, had attempted to break the sea blockade of the Gaza Strip, but were blocked by the Israeli Navy.

In fact, when the flotilla refused to change course then Israeli commandos launched an attack on the “flagship”the ship Mavi Marmara, which carried over 600 activists. The Israeli commandos, during the operation, opened fire and killed at least ten Turkish passengers. The Israelis’ deadly counterattack triggered a new rift between Israel and Turkey.

Source: News Beast

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