News / Middle East

Hamas Unveils Monument to Turkish Activists Killed in Israeli Naval Raid

Hamas security men stand near flags from different countries and a monument built to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of nine Turks, who were shot dead last May when Israeli naval commandos seized a Turkish ship that was part of a flotilla t
Hamas security men stand near flags from different countries and a monument built to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of nine Turks, who were shot dead last May when Israeli naval commandos seized a Turkish ship that was part of a flotilla t

The Palestinian militant group Hamas has unveiled a monument to nine Turkish activists killed a year ago in an Israeli raid on an international flotilla seeking to break Israel's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh led Tuesday's ceremony at Gaza City's harbor, marking the first anniversary of the May 31, 2010 raid, in which Israeli commandos boarded a Turkish aid ship, the Mavi Marmara.  The memorial features a 10-meter-high statue with nine metal sails, and a new public park.

One of the nine activists killed on the ship was a Turkish-American.  Seven Israeli commandos were wounded in the confrontation.

Thousands of Turkish and other pro-Palestinian activists marched in downtown Istanbul late Monday to commemorate those killed in the raid and express anger toward Israel.  The marchers also expressed support for plans by pro-Palestinian groups to send a new international flotilla to Gaza in late June.

The Turkish aid group, Foundation for Human Rights, Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief, or IHH, which operates the Mavi Marmara, says the ship will be part of a 15-vessel convoy that will carry more than 1,000 activists and humanitarian aid for Gaza.

Israel has vowed to continue enforcing its Gaza naval blockade to prevent weapons from reaching the territory.

Israeli authorities say any foreign aid for Gaza should be delivered through designated land crossings where shipments are screened for illicit items.

Israel controls several of those border terminals, while Egypt operates the Rafah crossing with Gaza.  Egypt had imposed major restrictions on the passage of goods and people into Gaza in coordination with Israel until last week, when Egyptian authorities permanently eased those restrictions.

The pro-Palestinian activists said Monday that Egypt's opening of the Gaza border to regular traffic will not affect their new bid to break the naval blockade, which they say continues to prevent goods from reaching the territory.

 

Follow our Middle East reports on Twitter
and discuss them on our Facebook page.

You May Like

Turkish Public Fears Jihadists More Than Kurds

Turkey facing twin threats of terrorism by Islamic State and PKK Kurdish separatists, says President Erdogan’s ruling AK Party More

Video One Year After Massacre, Iraq’s Yazidis a Broken People

Minority community still recovering from devastating assault by IS militants which spurred massive outrage More

‘Malvertisements’ Undermine Internet Trust

Hackers increasingly prey on users' trust of major websites to delivery malicious software More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Iraqi Yazidis Fear Death of Their Communityi
X
Sharon Behn
August 03, 2015 2:23 PM
A year ago on August 3, Islamic State militants stormed the homelands of Iraq’s Yazidi minority, killing hundreds of men and enslaving thousands of women. The scenes of desperate Yazidi families crowding on the top of Sinjar mountain without food or water spurred Kurdish fighters into action, an emergency airlift and the start of the U.S. airstrike campaign against the Islamic State Sunni extremists. VOA's Sharon Benh reports from northern Iraq.
Video

Video Iraqi Yazidis Fear Death of Their Community

A year ago on August 3, Islamic State militants stormed the homelands of Iraq’s Yazidi minority, killing hundreds of men and enslaving thousands of women. The scenes of desperate Yazidi families crowding on the top of Sinjar mountain without food or water spurred Kurdish fighters into action, an emergency airlift and the start of the U.S. airstrike campaign against the Islamic State Sunni extremists. VOA's Sharon Benh reports from northern Iraq.
Video

Video Bangkok Warned It Soon Could Be Submerged

Italy's Venice and America's New Orleans are not the only cities gradually submerging. The nearly ten million residents of the Bangkok urban area now must confront warnings the city could become uninhabitable in a few decades. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from the Thai capital.
Video

Video Inclusive Gym Gets People With Disabilities in Fitness Spirit

Individuals with special needs are 58 percent more likely to be obese than the general population. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, they also have an increased likelihood of anxiety, depression and social isolation. But a sports club outside Washington wants to make a difference in these people's lives. With Carol Pearson narrating, VOA's June Soh reports.
Video

Video Astronauts Train Underwater for Deep Space Missions

Manned deep space missions are still a long way off, but space agencies are already testing procedures, equipment and human stamina for operations in extreme environment conditions. Small groups of astronauts take turns in spending days in an underwater lab, off Florida’s southern coast, simulating future missions to some remote world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Special Olympics Show Competitors' Skill, Determination

Special Olympics competitions will wrap up Saturday in Los Angeles, and the closing ceremony for athletes with intellectual disabilities will be held Sunday night. In a week of competition, athletes have shown what they can do through skill and determination. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports.
Video

Video Civil Rights Leaders Struggled to Achieve Voting Rights Act

Fifty years ago, lawmakers approved, and U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed, the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The measure outlawed racial discrimination in voting, giving millions of blacks in many parts of the southern United States federal enforcement of the right to vote. Correspondent Chris Simkins introduces us to some civil rights leaders who were on the front lines in the struggle for voting rights.
Video

Video Shooter’s Grill: Serving Food with a Touch of the Second Amendment

Shooter's Grill, a restaurant in Rifle, Colorado, attracts visitors from all over the world as well as local patrons. The reason? Waitresses openly carry loaded firearms as they serve food, and customers are welcome to carry them, too. VOA's Enming Liu and Lin Yang paid a visit to Shooter's Grill, and heard different opinions about this unique establishment.
Video

Video Despite Controversy, Business Owner Continues Sale of Confederate Flags

At Cooter’s, a store in rural Sperryville, Virginia, about 120 kilometers west of Washington, D.C., Confederate flags are flying off the shelves. The red, white and blue battle flag, with 13 white stars representing the Confederate states, was carried by southern forces during the U.S. Civil War in the 1860s. The South had seceded from the Union over several key issues of disagreement, including slavery. VOA’s Deborah Block has the story.
Video

Video Booming London Property a ‘Haven for Dirty Money’

Billions of dollars of so-called ‘dirty money’ from the proceeds of crime - especially from Russia - are being laundered through the London property market, according to anti-corruption activists. As Henry Ridgwell reports from the British capital, the government has pledged to crack down on the practice.
Video

Video Hometown of Boy Scouts of America Founder Reacts to Gay Leader Decision

Ottawa, Illinois, is the hometown of W.D. Boyce, who founded the Boy Scouts of America in 1910. In Ottawa, where Scouting remains an important part of the legacy of the community, the end of the organization's ban on openly gay adult leaders was seen as inevitable. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports.

VOA Blogs