No Turkish citizens on board of Gaza-bound aid ships - official
Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Selcuk Unal said on Wednesday that there were no Turkish citizens on board of two ships which departed from Turkey for Gaza, Anadolu Agency reported.
When AA correspondent asked whether a two-ship aid flotilla departed from Turkey for Gaza, Unal said that two ships departed from Fethiye (town of Turkey's southwestern Mugla province) today, and both ships declared their destination as Rhodes.
There are no Turkish citizens on board of the ships each carrying 12 passengers, said Unal, adding that captains of the ships were Greek.
Earlier in the day, Palestinian Maan news agency reported that two ships, which were carrying medicine as well as 27 activists from five countries, departed from Fethiye and they were expected to reach Gaza on Friday.
Fawzi Barhum, a spokesman of Hamas, told AA that they heard about the ships but they did not have any further information.
In May, 2010, Israel had intervened in a Gaza-bound aid flotilla and nine Turkish citizens on board had been killed.