World Bulletin / News Desk
The Turkish-led aid flotilla to the Gaza Strip arrived in the southern province of Antalya.
The ship Mavi Marmara that carries humanitarian aid and activists from England, Ireland and Greece is now anchored in the New Harbor.
Activists gathered in the sports complex yesterday evening to discuss the recent situation regarding the flotilla.
Bulent Yildirim, President of IHH (The Foundation For Human Rights And Freedoms And Humanitarian Relief), gave a speech to the participants, informing them on the latest updates.
Yildirim said that "Once the flotilla embarks on its journey, Israel will accuse us and say: 'The ships are coming to help Hamas.' No. We are going there to help women, children and the elderly. We are going to Palestine to defend those innocent people."
"We have people from over 50 countries onboard this ship including Jewish people, Christians and Muslims. They have all come together for the dignity of humankind," he said.
25 MPs from different countries will also be onboard.
A number of writers and MPs in addition to hundreds of human rights activists are also joining the 9-ship humanitarian aid flotilla.
25 MPs in total will be onboard the flotilla to Gaza including 1 MP from Kuwait, 10 from Algeria, 1 from Jordan, 3 from Yemen, 1 from Bahrain, 1 from Morocco, 2 from Egypt and 3 from Ireland.
Israel launched on Dec. 27 a massive offensive in Gaza, killing more than 1434 Palestinians, a third of them children, and wounded at least 5300.
The cargo ship named "Gaza" will be carrying 2,104 tons of cement, 600 tons of iron bars, 50 tons of ceramic tile adhesive.
In its land, sea and ar offensive, Israel targeted hospitals, schools, mosques and government buildings and destroyed infrastructure system in Gaza, lefting Palestinians without electricity, gas and power.
But Israel imposes heavy blockade on entry of infrastracture materials under the pretext of Palestinians can use them as "weapon" materials.
"Defne Y" cargo ship will be carrying 150 tons of iron, 98 power units of all kinds, 50 precast homes, 16 units of children's playgrounds including combined sets, seesaws and slides and medical equipments such as ultrasound scan devices, X-ray devices, electric patient beds, dentistry units, Doppler echocardiography devices, wheelchairs, disabled electric mobility scooters, stretchers, deambulateurs, autoclaves, mammography device, microscopes, hemodialysis machines, radiology monitors, crutches, ENT Units, operating beds, gynecological couches.Last Mod: 26 Mayıs 2010, 08:39