Gaza’s Hamas PM visits Turkey, Erdogan and raided Turkish aid ship Mavi Marmara

Hamas in Turkey, talks with Tayyip Erdogan
Hamas in Turkey, talks with Tayyip Erdogan

The prime minister of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip has continued his visit in Turkey with a tribute to an aid ship that was raided by Israeli troops in 2010.

Istanbul / NationalTurk – Ismail Haniya paid tribute to the nine activists who were killed during the May raid on the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara.

This is Haniya’s first trip abroad since former terrorist org. Hamas came to power in Gaza in 2007. On Sunday, he met Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey and Israel relations soured after the raid on the flotilla. Israel refused to apologise, saying its troops acted in self-defence.

Hamas in Turkey, talks with Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey has pledged to escort future Gaza-bound aid ships, and take steps to prevent what it fears are attempts by Israel to unilaterally exploit natural resources in the eastern Mediterranean.

Haniya said on Monday that he had made the trip to Turkey to thank the Turkish people for their support for the Palestinian cause. He said Turkey had played a “great role” during the recent prisoner-swap deal and said they owed a “duty of loyalty” to the nine “martyrs of freedom” who died during the raid on the Mavi Marmara.

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“On behalf of the martyrs of our Palestinian people and on behalf of the families of the martyrs, I salute the martyrs and the families of the liberty ship, the Marmara,” he said, speaking beside the docked ship.

“And we would like to tell you that your blood is our blood, and your martyrs are our martyrs.”

He also said many issues relating to the Palestinian situation were discussed during his meeting with Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey has always insisted that any peace deal must include Hamas, but has also called for the armed group to renounce violence against innocent Israelis.

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