Turkey appears ready to ship humanitarian aid to Gaza

Turkey appears ready to ship humanitarian aid to Gaza


Review Hari Stefanatos

Amid the escalating conflict in the Middle East, Turkey states through its Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, that it is ready to ship 17 tons of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, saying that “if necessary, we will establish an air bridge” from Constantinople to Gaza.

Ahmet Davutoğlu said on Monday that he is in communication with Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan and the international aid agency of the Turkish state Tika to coordinate the operation.

This statement comes three days after the meeting between the heads of Turkish diplomacy and the political leader of Hamas Khaled Mashal in Doha, Qatar, in the framework of the efforts to achieve a ceasefire agreement.

Relations between Turkey and Israel have once again deteriorated with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accusing Israel of “genocide” and “state terrorism”, saying that Israel “has surpassed Hitler in brutality” and should be tried for war crimes.

In response, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reproach Ankara for anti-Semitism.

Turkey and Israel, former strategic allies in the 1990s, were brought on the verge of war after the bloody operation by Israeli commandos on the convoy that attempted to break the blockade of Gaza carrying humanitarian aid in May 2010.

The Israeli operation cost the life to nine Turkish nationals aboard the flagship of the flotilla, the ship “Mavi Marmara”. The official Israeli apology came after three years from the mouth of Benjamin Netanyahu and there was an agreement to compensate the families of the victims, however, bilateral relations have never fully recovered since.