Sunday, July 03, 2016

Turkey Lifting Siege on Ghaza Strip

قال وزير الخارجية التركي مولود جاويش أوغلو، إنّ حكومته بحثت مسألة رفع الحصار عن قطاع غزة، مع قادة حركتي حماس وفتح، والرئيس الفلسطيني محمود عباس، قبل تطبيع العلاقات مع إسرائيل، ولقيت دعماً قوياً منهما في هذا الشأن.ـ

The Turkish minister of foreign affairs, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, said that his government considered the issue of lifting the siege imposed on the Ghaza Strip with the leaders of Hamas and Fatah movements and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas before any normalization of relations with Israel, and he received strong support in this regard.

That came in an interview with Turkish television on Sunday, referring to Turkey sending a ship with humanitarian aid from Mersin seaport to the Ghaza Strip as an initial step in the frame of lifting the siege of the private sector.

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said that "Palestine and Ghaza need support in various areas", indicating "infrastructure collapses, damaged hospitals and schools, and the crisis of electricity and water as a result of the Israeli attacks", confirming that Turkey will provide support to the Palestinians in these areas.

The minister added that the value of recent aid "reached 500 million dollars, and that Turkey is currently working on the establishment of an industrial zone in Jenin governorate which should provide work opportunities for about 6 thousand people, as well on the removal of many barriers, particularly with regard to the direct transfer of funds".

[Source: Al-Jazeera TV الجزيرة and (Gulf Online) الخليج أونلاين on July 3, 2016]

Diplomatic ties between Israel and Turkey were suspended after Israeli troops stormed the Ghaza-bound Mavi Marmara aid ship in international waters in 2010, killing 10 Turkish activists.

In the aftermath of the attack, Turkey demanded a formal apology from Israel, compensation for the families of those killed, and the lifting of Israel’s Ghaza blockade.

In 2013, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced his regret over the attack.

On June 27, months of talks between the two countries finally bore fruit, with Turkey announcing that a deal would be signed, normalizing relations with Israel.

Under the deal, in addition to agreeing to Turkish aid’s access to Ghaza, Israel will pay $20 million in compensation to the families of the Mavi Marmara victims.

Today on 3rd July 2016, the mentioned agreement showed effect with the arrival of a Turkish aid ship, the Panama-flagged Lady Leyla, which arrived at the Israeli seaport of Ashdod, carrying 11,000 tons of supplies for the Ghaza Strip. The ship was received by representatives from Turkey and Israel.

[Source: Turkish daily Hürriyet on July 3, 2016]


Visitor referring to yesterday's blogspot on Israeli air raids still targeting Ghaza.

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