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Gaza Convoys to Continue by Sea, Land, and Air, Says Bulent Yildirim

[ 09/04/2011 - 11:16 AM ]


President of the Turkish IHH relief society Bulent Yildirim has confirmed that Gaza aid convoys will continue by land, air and sea as the Turkish Mavi Marmara gears for its next journey from Europe.

He said so during a ceremony in Antalya in memory of the nine Turks who were shot dead when Israeli occupation forces raided the Mavi Marmara ship while on its route to deliver humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip last May.

Yildirim announced that the Mavi Marmara will set sail once again but this time from Europe in a Gaza flotilla running under the same name as the first. 15-20 ships are slated to be launched from everywhere in the world, he said.

”Israel must know that the Mediterranean doesn't belong to it,” Yildirim said. "This sea and land convoys will continue.”

He emphasized that upcoming aid missions would not only be by sea, but that preparations were being made to dispatch a land convoy to Gaza, as well as there being a project for an aerial convoy as a plane is being purchased to deliver goods to Gaza directly.

”Do not expect us to remain silent when people in Gaza are dying and the Aqsa Mosque is a prisoner,” he said.

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