Turkish IHH Organizer to PNN: Mavi Marmara Could still be Part of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla 2

Ghassan Bannoura – PNN Exclusive – As the Israeli Navy announced exercises to counter the international Gaza Freedom Flotilla 2, Izat Shaheen, organizer from the Turkish IHH (Humanitarian Relief Foundation), told PNN today that repairs are still under way on the Mavi Marmara ship and it could be part of the convoy this year.

Image“This boat was damaged by the Israelis and they held Mavi Marmara in Ashdod, so it was not easy to complete the repair of Mavi Marmara. We are doing our best to reach this flotilla, but if we can’t reach this flotilla certainly we’ll organize new ones to continue until the end.”  Shaheen told PNN.

On May 31, 2010 the Israeli Navy attacked Mavi Marmara as it was sailing to Gaza in international waters killing 9 Turkish aid workers on board.

“I want to clarify that the flotilla 2 is on the way… and will sail in the last week of June,” said Shaheen, “we must differentiate between the whole flotilla and the Turkish part of Mavi Marmara It is still under preparation. I hope we’ll complete the technical preparations. Because they damaged the boat it took a long time to repair and will need more time.”

According to Israeli military sources the navy is planning to use non-lethal weapons to avoid what they called “past mistakes.”

“Until the conditions in Palestine: Gaza, West Bank, Jerusalem..Until the conditions change, occupation end and the siege differed, we’ll continue our civil initiatives as the international corporations,”  Shaheen told PNN on Wednesday.

Shaheen concluded by wondering why the Israelis continue to target IHH while it is part of a coalition of tens of nations mobilizing ships to break the Israeli-imposed siege on Gaza for four years.

Source: www.freedomflotilla.eu

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