A Turkish NGO has come under scrutiny after organising the aid flotilla that was targeted in an Israeli raid Monday that left at least nine people dead as the boats looked to defy an Israeli embargo on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
The Turkish organisation at the heart of the international debate over an Israeli raid on a fleet of aid boats on Monday that left at least nine people dead has raised doubts among some observers who question whether the group is a simple humanitarian aid NGO or an active supporter of terrorism.
outrage follows ship raid
The group was founded in Turkey in the 1990s to come to the aid of Bosnian Muslims who fell victim to the wars following the dissolution of Yugoslavia. In the years since, IHH convoys often succeeded in reaching conflict zones once considered inaccessible, such as Chechnya and remote areas of Afghanistan or Iraq.
FOOTAGE OF SHIP RAID (FROM ADJACENT BOAT)
Video fragment by the Isreali military of the raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship on May 31, 2010, with added commentary by the IDF.
Date created : 2010-06-02