Palestinian children have launched paper aeroplanes into the skies above Gaza's small port to commemorate the first anniversary of the Israeli attack on the Freedom Flotilla on 31st May last year. A fleet of six humanitarian aid ships which made up the flotilla were boarded by Israeli naval commandos in international waters and nine Turkish peace activists were shot dead; dozens more activists from around the world were wounded. The children held Palestinian and Turkish flags in a symbolic gesture to the countries taking part in the flotilla and carried banners with the photographs and names of the men who were killed in the massacre.
The residents of Gaza are following closely the latest developments regarding Freedom Flotilla 2, due to set sail from Turkey closer to the anniversary, and are anticipating its arrival eagerly as it attempts to break the siege. Formal preparations to receive Freedom Flotilla 2 in Gaza are nearing completion.
MEMO Photographer: Mohammed Asad