Turkish charity plans second flotilla to Gaza

IHH's first aid flotilla was raided by Israeli commandoes on May 31, 2010. Eight Turks and an American were killed in the Israeli raid.

Turkish aid organization IHH said its second Gaza-bound flotilla would set sail by end-June with 15 ships and around 1,500 activists from more than 100 countries.

IHH’s Chairman Bulent Yildirim said the new attempt was an international organization by 22 activist groups from around the world.

“We would like to remind Israel to come to its senses. You must allow this flotilla,” Yildirim told a press conference.

“If you raid again, we stay in the sea for days and become the current issue in the world,” Yildirim urged Israeli officials.

Yildirim also called on Israel, which he said became isolated after the May 31 raid, to completely lift the Gaza blockade.

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