Turkish IHH Signals U-Turn on Gaza Plan

(Hurriyet-Turkey) Fulya Ozerkan - The Turkish IHH group appears to be backing away from its previous resolve to send a new aid flotilla to Gaza, saying Tuesday that it may cancel its plans. "We are reconsidering our plans. We cannot close our eyes to the developments on our doorstep," said Huseyin Oruc, a board member of the IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation and the spokesman for the new flotilla. "From our point of view, the developments in neighboring Syria are critically important." Earlier this month, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu urged the flotilla's organizers to see how the Egyptian opening of the Rafah border crossing with Gaza has affected the situation before heading there. That was the first time the government had suggested flotilla organizers should reconsider their plans.

2011-06-16 00:00:00

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