Asian activists to send aid convoy to Gaza, says IHH

Turkish group says 500 activists from a dozen countries will take part in the convoy hoping to reach Gaza by December 27.

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ANKARA, Turkey— An Islamic organization that sponsored the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara flotilla that Israeli commandos boarded about four months ago says activists from Asia plan to send an aid convoy to Gaza in an effort to break Israel's naval blockade.

The Turkish group IHH said Monday that 500 activists from a dozen countries will take part in the new convoy that hopes to reach Gaza by Dec. 27.

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It says the activists will set off from India by land on Dec. 2, cross Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and Syria, then try to reach Gaza by sea. IHH will organize the Turkish leg of the trip.

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The group sponsored the Gaza-bound aid flotilla that was intercepted by Israeli commandos May 31.

 Eight Turkish activists and a Turkish-American died in the raid.

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