Turkey no longer protecting IHH: Sends police to detain members over Al-Qaida links


IHH, the Turkish aid organization behind the Gaza-bound flotilla & Mavi Marmama in 2010, reports storage facility near Syrian border was searched & employee was taken away by Police.



Turkish media said police have carried out raids in six Turkish cities, detaining several people allegedly linked to Al-Qaida, including an employee of a prominent Islamic charity.

Mavi Marmara

A crowd greets the Mavi Marmama, the lead ship of the ‘Gaza flotilla,’ upon its return to Istanbul, Dec. 26, 2010. – Photo: AP

The aid organization, IHH, confirmed Tuesday that its storage facility near the Syrian border was searched and an employee was detained. It, however, rejected any ties to Al-Qaida and denounced the police raid as an attempt to discredit the organization.

The Turkish Dogan news agency said police launched anti-terrorism raids in Istanbul and five other cities. It said at least two senior Al-Qaida suspects were detained.

The IHH had organized a Gaza-bound aid flotilla which was raided by Israel in 2010. Last week, the group rejected some news reports claiming that it was involved in the shipment of arms to Syria.


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