Many Palestinians have come together on Saturday to mark the anniversary of the deadly attack by the Israeli navy on a Turkish aid flotilla that was headed to break the siege on the Gaza strip in 2010.
The Turkish aid flotilla Mavi Marmara voyaged to Palestine with the aim of breaking the Gaza blockade. The Israeli navy stormed the ship and attacked the activists on board, killing 10 of them.
The Israeli government first imposed the blockade in 2007.
One of the organisers of the commemoration Mehmet Kaya, a representative for the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (THRF) said that the Palestinian people gathered to pay their respects for the activists who gave their life for the cause of bringing aid to Palestinians.
"The blood of the martyrs of Mavi Marmara will not go in vain," Kaya told Anadolu Agency of Turkey.
He added that THRF would continue to fight for the Palestinian cause and for the liberation of Palestine.
A senior Hamas representative said that the Mavi Marmara attack was ‘seminal’ for the history of Palestine
He called on Israel for a trial for the killing of Turkish activists and for open incarceration on Palestinian people with blockades and occupation for decades.
Turkey has contributed millions of dollars for the structural development of Palestine and in aid. They have also offered political, diplomatic and media support.
The Mavi Marmara was attacked by the Israeli navy on international waters on May 31, 2010.
Nine Turkish activist died on board the flotilla and 30 other people were injured. One of the injured activists died four years later as a result of the injuries received on board the flotilla
The attack raised tensions between Turkey and Israel leading to Turkey recalling its ambassador in Tel Aviv. The relations were sour until Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu apologised to then Turkish prime minister now President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2013.