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Activists plan aid flotilla for Gaza

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Activists plan aid flotilla for Gaza


Plans are afoot for a second aid mission to Gaza, exactly one year after nine Turkish activists died when Israeli commandos raided this ship as it took aid to the Strip.

But this time it will be a flotilla. The Mavi Marmara has had a refit and organisers say it will be one of the 15 ships to make the journey. It is hoped representatives from 100 countries will be on board the ships, meaning a total of 1500 people will sail with the flotilla.

Turkey wants Israel to apologise for boarding the Mavi Marmara, and to compensate the families of those who died. The incident further strained relations between Istanbul and Tel Aviv.

Gaza is controlled by Hamas, which has called for the destruction of Israel, which, in turn says it blockades Gaza to stop weapons being brought in.

Egypt eased travel restrictions to and from Gaza last Saturday, but activists plan to continue pressing for the blockade to be completely lifted.

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