World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish aid volunteer may be free from Israel prison after held for 21 days without any trial or charge, Turkish media reported on Monday.
Israel soldiers arrested Izzet Sahin, who is representative and founder of IHH, Humanitarian Relief Foundation Office, in occupied West Bank and studies Hebrew in Hebrew University on 27th April when he passed through to Bethlehem Checkpoint.
IHH is among the aid groups that plan to break years of Israel siege on Gaza land through sea in May. The ship that will set off from Istanbul aims to reach Gaza via the Mediterranean Sea.
After Turkey's diplomatic initiatives by PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan and FM Ahmet Davutoglu, Israel decided to release Sahin within 24 hours.
According to the Turkish reports, Sahin, who has been in a Israeli jail for 21 days will be free soon, as intensive diplomacy started by Turkish government. Israel announced that Sahin will be released from custody in 24 hours.
IHH chairman Bulent Yildirim told media that the news has reached them and the announcement shows the power of Turkey's foreign policy.
"The news about the freedom has made Sahin's family and IHH community very happy, Yildirim said. "After 21 days, Israel recovers from the lawlessness with this desicion. We do not want to experience one more such unfortunate events," he added.
A group of concerned people individually formed IHH in response to attempt to "ethnic cleansing" of Serbs in Bosnia, largest genocide committed after the World War II.
Since then, IHH volunteers keeps aid missions throughout the world.
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