World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Human Rights group (Mazlumder) granted its 2009 award to Free Gaza movement that braved Israeli siege on Gaza Strip.
Free Gaza Movement is established by many global activists coming together to enter Gaza via sea by boats against Israeli embargo.
Mazlumder presented the award to Fathi Jaouadi, one of its board members on behalf of the Free Gaza Movement.
Jaoudi said the award adds more responsibility to them for Gazans.
Israel killed nearly 1500 Palestinians in Gaza offensive and destroyed homes, hospitals, schools, mosques in the besieged land.
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Since 1967, by Free Gaza missions, the first boats entered Gaza that still considered under Israeli occupation as Israel controls air, sea and land access to the Strip.
And so many human rights activists and well-known people were able to see Gaza first-hand.
The Free Gaza director announced new plans at the ceremony.
Jaouadi stated, that "in March 2010, we intend to leave for Gaza with five boats and two of them will be sent by the people of Turkey."
The movement sent the first international boats to land in the port of Gaza in 41 years in August 2008. Despite all threats and attacks from Israel, members of the movement were able to reach Gaza several times with their boat.
They were kidnapped and detained by Israeli soldiers during their last trip last December.
Free Gaza Boat carried madical aid, cement, humanitarian aid to Gaza, as well as toys, books and crayons for children.
The Rafah crossing with Egypt, Gaza's sole border crossing that bypasses Israel, rarely opens as Egypt is under immense US and Israeli pressure to keep the crossing shut.
A group of international lawyers and human rights activists had also accused Israel of committing "genocide" through its crippling blockade of the Strip.
Israel now faces UN war crimes report that particularly details Israel's alleged war crimes during the Gaza offensive.