Israel Pays $20 Million Compensation Over Mavi Marmara Tragedy

Ankara, – Israel on Friday paid Turkey $20 Million in compensation over the 2010 Mavi Marmara tragedy involving a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

On August 20, Turkish parliament approved a deal, involving Tel Aviv paying $20 Million to the families of the victims as part of a normalization agreement between Turkey and Israel after a six-year hiatus in ties, Anadolu Agency (AA) quoted Turkish diplomatic sources as saying.

Diplomatic ties between Turkey and Israel were disrupted in May 2010 when Israeli commandos killed 10 Turkish activists on the Mavi Marmara, which was headed for Gaza to deliver humanitarian aid.

In the aftermath of the attack, Turkey demanded an official apology from Israel, compensation for the families of those killed, and the lifting of Israel’s Gaza blockade.

Source: Qatar News Agency