Mavi Marmara Will Not Participate in June Flotilla

Around 10 other ships from various countries still expected to join flotilla.

Published: June 17th 2011
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Mavi Marmara

Claiming it is not sea-worthy due to its starring role in last summer’s now-infamous Gaza flotilla, the Turkish ship, the Mavi Marmara, will stay in port during this year’s flotilla sequel, planned for late June.


Around 10 other ships from various countries are still expected to join the new flotilla organized to break the blockade of Gaza, imposed by Israel following the 2006 abduction of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, who was taken by Gaza-based militants.


Last year’s flotilla sparked problems between Israel and Turkey, two countries that had previously enjoyed a good relationship.


Turkey’s decision to leave the Mavi Marmara at home comes after the Turkish government asked organizers to delay the flotilla while Turkey and Israel mend that relationship due to the current unrest in Syria.


Earlier this month, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu asked activists to reconsider the flotilla since Egypt reopened its Rafah border crossing with Gaza, which would allow aid to be delivered without risking innocent lives.

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