Amidst the Israel-Hamas war, about one thousand boats will be sent from Turkey to Gaza. A thousand boats will reportedly assemble in Turkey on Wednesday and head towards Gaza in an attempt to break the Israeli blockade and disrupt maritime trade coming to Israel. According to Turkish news website Haber7, the boats will carry 4,500 people from 40 countries, including anti-Zionist Jews. Three hundred and thirteen boats would be filled with Russian workers, and 104 boats would be filled with Spanish workers. Only 12 Turkish ships will join the flotilla.
Gaza Freedom Flotilla
Volkan Oku, one of the organizers of the protest, says the flotilla is scheduled to leave Turkish shores on Thursday and has vowed to strictly follow international rules and carry no weapons, so as to give Israel no excuse . to intervene. It is set to make a first stop in Cyprus before heading towards the Israeli port of Ashdod. Some participants in the flotilla will reportedly also take their spouses and children with them. The protest action is reminiscent of an attempt by the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in May 2010, which tried to break the maritime blockade on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip but was stopped by the Israeli Navy.
After the convoy refused Israeli Navy orders to turn toward Ashdod, Israeli commandos boarded one of the ships, the Mavi Marmara, which was carrying more than 600 passengers. After encountering violent resistance the commandos opened fire, killing ten Turkish activists. Ten Israeli soldiers were also injured during the attack.