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Mavi Marmara ship returns to Istanbul, Ankara Holds Out for Apology

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
December 26, 2010

Thousands shouted “death to Israel” and greeted the Mavi Marmara flotilla ship Sunday December 26 2010 as it docked in Istanbul, a day after Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told journalists that although Turkey would like to restore its formerly friendly ties with Israel, the Jewish State must first apologize for the deaths of nine terror activists who were killed after they attacked IDF soldiers on the vessel last May. The “Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief”—known by the acronym “IHH”—held a welcoming ceremony for the vessel at the port. The Turkish terror-linked organization was behind the armed, trained mercenary-style “activists” who occupied the vessel during the May 31 incident that has been the focus of tension between the two nations for months.

Credit: EPA
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