World Bulletin / News Desk
The Chairman of the Gaza Islamic Society, Abdulrahim Shebab on Sunday said that the Mavi Marmara Monument was included in the official visit program of the Gazan administration.
Speaking to the Anadolu Agency (AA) on the importance of the Mavi Marmara Monument for the region, Shebab stressed that "everything changed after Mavi Marmara".
"Following the Mavi Marmara incident, international aid organizations placed Gaza on their agenda more frequently. Many states began working for Gaza and the amount of aid coming to Gaza increased," Shebab stated.
"At the time Israeli troops raided the Mavi Marmara aid ship, Gaza was in a very difficult situation. Gaza was facing a serious embargo. We were seeking for ways to overcome the embargo. We could not treat wounds and repair our buildings. Our children had to deal with diseases. We could not travel to Egypt. We could not perform surgeries in Gaza. We could not meet the food needs of our residents. Egypt opened the Rafah Border Gate only once every three months. Such a situation caused immense difficulties for the residents of Gaza," Shebab stated.
"After the Mavi Marmara incident, the Rafah Border Gate was kept open for all urgent needs. One of the contributions of the Mavi Marmara incident was that people remembered using the sea. In the past, no one could arrive here by sea. Certain ships came to Gaza after obtaining permission. The Mavi Marmara incident helped the issue of Gaza become the number one item on the international agenda. More protests took place across the world following the Mavi Marmara incident," Shebab stressed.
"The Mavi Marmara Monument has been included in the official program of the Gazan administration. Whenever a foreign guest comes to Gaza, s/he visits the Monument before any other site. The people of Gaza are highly sensitive on the Monument and visit it often," Shebab also said.
Nine activists on the Mavi Marmara aid ship were killed by Israeli troops in a raid they conducted on May 31, 2010 in international waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Mavi Marmara was part of the "Gaza Freedom Flotilla" which included a total of six ships. Many other activists were wounded in the raid.
In new laws, the EU will place a deterrent on multinationals who use creative accounting to reduce their corporate tax.
The former British Prime Minister will step down as the Middle East envoy at the end of June.
An early election count has seen the ruling party in Ethiopia win a majority in parliament.
The Turkish energy watchdog has said that energy for Africa is important for country's G20 presidency
A four day meeting from journalists from the Turkic world sees delegates from 20 countries arrive in Kazan, Tatarstan.
Judges in the EU have sentenced 11 former Kosovo Albanian guerrillas for war crimes.
Here are the FIFA Officials indicted on corruption charges earlier the day.
The first visit of a Serbian prime minister to Albania, aiming to improve the fragile relations between the two Balkan nations.
Former members and supporters of the Kosovo Liberation Army, KLA, on Tuesday buried the men killed in clashes in Kumonova
The Turkish and Muslim communities in the Netherlands have called Wilders' demand for anti-Islam exhibit a 'provocation.'
Israel has detained a 42 year old woman for crossing into Gaza via the Erez border crossing.
Israeli daily Haaretz has revealed that a letter by David Ben-Gurion, shows that he gave explicit orders to prevent Palestinians returning to their homes.
U.S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAYS FIFA DEFENDANTS CHARGED WITH RACKETEERING, WIRE FRAUD AND MONEY LAUNDERING CONSPIRACIES