Thousands greet Israel-attacked Turkish aid ship / VIDEO

Thousands of activists have gathered at a port in Istanbul to welcome back a ship that was the scene of bloodshed during an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in May.

Thousands greet Israel-attacked Turkish aid ship / VIDEO

Mavi Marmara ship on which Israeli commandos attacked on May 31 in international waters while carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza docked at Sarayburnu port in Istanbul on Sunday.

Thousands of Turkish citizens have gathered at a port in Istanbul to welcome back a ship that was the scene of bloodshed during an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in May.

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The crowds are waving Palestinian and Turkish flags and chanting "Allah is great!" at Istanbul's Sarayburu port. Some activists have boarded boats to greet the ship as it arrives.

A welcoming ceremony was held by the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH) for Mavi Marmara ship at the port.

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Many people across Turkey, peace activists from 50 countries and representatives from non-governmental organizations attended the ceremony.

Mavi Marmara set sail from Turkey to take humanitarian aid to people in Gaza on May 22, 2010.

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On May 31, Israeli soldiers attacked the "Palestine Our Route Humanitarian Aid Our Load" flotilla in international waters. Nine activists were killed and 54 others were injured by Israeli attacks.

Turkey is demanding an apology and compensation for relations with Israel to return to normal.

 


 

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