Turkish vessels of Flotilla of Freedom detained by the Israeli special forces May 31 this morning arrived in the Iskenderun port, CNN Turk television channel's website reports.
Aug.5, the Israeli Government has decided to return three ships of the convoy "Flotilla of Freedom" carrying humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. Liner Mavi Marmara is also among them, in which as a result of clash between the Israeli commandos and Turkish activists eight Turkish citizens and one American of Turkish origin were killed.
Two ships, which sailed Aug.6 from the Israeli port of Haifa, will arrive in Turkey on Sunday evening.
According to Turkish media outlets, a special group of experts and representatives of insurance companies will assess the damage to ships as a result of the attack of the Israeli special forces.
The Israeli authorities have explained the use of weapons as a self-defense against the activists, saying that the Turkish ship transported weapons on board.
However, the Flotilla participants deny the allegations. The incident significantly worsened the relations between Turkey and Israel, which preserved a military and strategic alliance in the Middle East till the incident, RIA Novosti writes.
Israel has already agreed to cooperate with the UN to investigate the incident, as demanded by Ankara.
In addition to the Turkish ships, Israel continues to keep three international ship fleet and Irish dry cargo ship "Rachel Corrie", which June 5 was caught on the way to Gaza.