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
TEXT SIZE - +

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

Russia-Ukraine Crisis Could Trigger Cyber War

As tensions between Kyiv and Moscow escalate, so too has frequency of online attacks targeting government, news and financial sites More

Egyptian Court Jails 23 Pro-Morsi Supporters

Meanwhile, Egyptian officials say gunmen have killed two members of the country's security forces More

Pakistani Journalists Protest Shooting of Colleague

Hamid Mir, a host for private television channel Geo, was wounded after being shot three times Saturday, but is expected to survive 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.
Ukraine, Russia, United in Faith, Divided in Politicsi
X
Michael Eckels
April 19, 2014
There is a strong historical religious connection between Russia and Ukraine. But what role is religion playing in the current conflict? In the run-up to Easter, Michael Eckels in Moscow reports for VOA.
Video

Video Ukraine, Russia, United in Faith, Divided in Politics

There is a strong historical religious connection between Russia and Ukraine. But what role is religion playing in the current conflict? In the run-up to Easter, Michael Eckels in Moscow reports for VOA.
Video

Video Face of American Farmer is Changing

The average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. It’s a troubling trend signaling big changes ahead for American agriculture as aging farmers retire. Reporter Mike Osborne says a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau is suggesting what some of those changes might look like... and why they might not be so troubling.
Video

Video Donetsk Governor: Ukraine Military Assault 'Delicate But Necessary'

Around a dozen state buildings in eastern Ukraine remain in the hands of pro-Russian protesters who are demanding a referendum on self-rule. The governor of the whole Donetsk region is among those forced out by the protesters. He spoke to VOA's Henry Ridgwell from his temporary new office in Donetsk city.
Video

Video Drones May Soon Send Data From High Seas

Drones are usually associated with unmanned flying vehicles, but autonomous watercraft are also becoming useful tools for jobs ranging from scientific exploration to law enforcement to searching for a missing airliner in the Indian Ocean. VOA’s George Putic reports on sea-faring drones.
Video

Video New Earth-Size Planet Found

Not too big, not too small. Not too hot, not too cold. A newly discovered planet looks just right for life as we know it, according to an international group of astronomers. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more.
Video

Video Copts in Diaspora Worry About Future in Egypt

Around 10 percent of Egypt’s population belong to the Coptic faith, making them the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. But they have become targets of violence since the revolution three years ago. With elections scheduled for May and the struggle between the Egyptian military and Islamists continuing, many Copts abroad are deeply worried about the future of their ancient church. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky visited a Coptic church outside Washington DC.
Video

Video Critics Say Venezuelan Protests Test Limits of Military's Support

During the two months of deadly anti-government protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro has accused the opposition of trying to initiate a coup. Though a small number of military officers have been arrested for allegedly plotting against the government, VOA’s Brian Padden reports the leadership of the armed forces continues to support the president, at least for now.
Video

Video More Millenials Unplug to Embrace Board Games

A big new trend in the U.S. toy industry has more consumers switching off their high-tech gadgets to play with classic toys, like board games. This is especially true among the so-called millenial generation - those born in the 1980's and 90's. Elizabeth Lee has more from an unusual café in Los Angeles, where the new trend is popular and business is booming.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
AppleAndroid