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Pro-Palestinian movements in Europe, including the Free Gaza movement, have planned to send another flotilla to Gaza in mid-May. Organizers have said that the flotilla will include 15 ships from a number of different countries, and thousands are expected to participate.
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At their meeting Amsterdam, the Free Gaza movement urged the governments of participating nationals to take the necessary steps to protect those nationals who will participate, the Kuwait News Agency reported.
The flotilla will reportedly be called "Freedom Fleet 2."
Last year, a flotilla from Turkey roused controversy when nine passengers
were killed as IDF soldiers intercepted one of the ships, the Mavi
Turkey has called on Israel to apologize for the deaths of the
citizens, and to provide compensation to the families of those who
died. Israel has agreed to provide compensation, but refused to admit
that its actions were unlawful and accept blame.
The Turkel Committee
which was established in Israel to investigate the events that occurred
surrounding the Mavi Marmara
raid, concluded that the IDF conducted its
operation following international law, whereas a Turkish investigation
found that Israeli soldiers shot five victims at close range, and that
two were killed before the soldiers even boarded the ship.