June 17, 2011
Mavi Marmara won’t sail in next Gaza flotilla
The Turkish ship that was the scene of bloodshed during a 2010 Israeli raid will not be sailing in a planned flotilla to Gaza.
The Mavi Marmara will not participate in the flotilla aimed at breaking Israel’s sea blockade of the Hamas-controlled territory. IHH, the Turkish Islamic charity behind the flotilla effort, said in a Friday news conference that the ship did not gain necessary approval from Turkish port authorities for technical reasons.
On May 31, 2010 nine Turks were killed aboard the Mavi Marmara when violence broke out as Israeli commandos raided the ship during the first Gaza-bound flotilla. The new flotilla is scheduled to set out for Gaza on June 25.