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People wave Turkish and Palestinian flags next to the Mavi Marmara ship as it arrives at the Sarayburnu port. The Israeli navy raided the Mavi Marmara, which was part of a flotilla of aid ships bound for Gaza, in May, killing several passengers and sparking international outrage.? Read more »(AFP/Mustafa Ozer)
Gaza flotilla flagship to return to Istanbul
ISTANBUL, Dec. 24 — The Mavi Marmara, the flagship of the ill-fated Gaza flotilla attacked by Israel this summer, will return to Istanbul on Sunday
Turkey has the political will to reconcile with Israel, yet the difficulty to establish political will in the Israeli government complicates the normalization process, Davutoğlu said.
Site of bloodshed and nine deaths during Israeli raid in May returns as activists promise more boats to beat blockade
Thousands of pro-Palestinian activists today welcomed back to Istanbul the ship that was the scene of bloodshed during an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in May. Activists meanwhile promised to send more ships in an effort to break the Gaza blockade.