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Turkey remembers Mavi Marmara victims

June 1, 2018 at 9:38 am

Thousands protested in Turkey on 31 May 2018 in memory of those killed on the Mavi Marmara and in opposition to the US’ embassy move to Jerusalem

A mass demonstration was held in Istanbul yesterday to commemorate eight years since ten unarmed activists were killed at the hands of Israeli occupation forces in international waters onboard the Mavi Marmara aid ship.

Organised by the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), the protest was held in Taksim Square where demonstrators also condemned the transfer of the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

In 2010, the Israeli army attacked the Turkish Mavi Marmara while it was travelling as part of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in an effort to lift the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip. Ten Turkish activists were killed as a result. The raid led to a diplomatic rift between Turkey and Israel which forced Tel Aviv to apologise and pay $20 million in compensation to the families of those killed.

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Mavi Marmara Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Mavi Marmara Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]