Turkish aid ship to arrive in Gaza ahead of Eid al-Fitr

Turkish aid ship Gaza

Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Veysi Kaynak, announced on Friday that a third Turkish aid ship will arrive in the Gaza Strip next week.

The Turkish official said that the aid will be distributed to the needy families and children in Gaza before Eid al-Fitr, a holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Kaynak explained that this ship, which is the third of its kind, is a contribution by the Turkish people to help alleviate the suffering of the Gazan people caused by the unjust blockade.

The ship launched from Mersin port on Friday heading to Ashdod port and carrying 2,500 tons of humanitarian aid collected by the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Turkey (AFAD) to meet the needs of the Palestinian people in Gaza.

The second Turkish aid ship, Eclips, was launched from Mersin port in September 2016 carrying 2,500 tons of humanitarian aid in addition to school supplies, bags, notebooks, pens, clothes, bicycles, cleaning supplies, and other materials that the Gaza Strip lacks due to the blockade.

Earlier in July 2016, two months after the second ship was dispatched to Gaza, the first Turkish aid vessel, Lady Leyla, arrived in Gaza based on instructions by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan carrying food and medical aid.

(Source / 10.06.2017)

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