The Marmara ship which was involved in the deadly IDF raid last
May is scheduled to return to Israel as part of the "Freedom flotilla 2" next month, head of the IHH Bülent Yildirim said Thursday.
The flotilla is slated to depart in the second half of the month of May. "What happened in last year's flotilla will not affect us or the next flotilla," Yildirim said. He noted that the Marmara will depart from Europe and will carry artists, journalists and politicians. The organizers claim more than 15 vessels are slated to take part in the flotilla.
Marmara greeted back in Turkey (Archive photo: AFP)
In May 31, 2010 a Navy force raided the Marmara ship which had broken the naval blockade on the Gaza Strip. On board the vessel were terrorists from the IHH organization who ambushed the soldiers ahead of time. The ship also carried peace activists who apparently were not aware of the Turkish group's intentions.
Several of the Navy commandos were attacked and kidnapped to the lower deck. The soldiers were then forced to use live ammunition and killed nine of the passengers. A week after the incident the Turkish press distributed photos of bleeding IDF soldiers captured by the activists.
Since returning to Turkey the Marmara has turned into a memorial site commemorating the event. The IHH recently hosted 10 Palestinian children on board the ship.