Gaza, ALRAY - "Turkey's IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation announced on Sunday that Islamic countries donated over $6.5 million for Gaza within the framework of the campaign launched by the organization," Anadolu Agency reported.
Explaining the severity of the Gaza siege, IHH President Bulent Yildirim said "Gaza reverted to the situation before the deadly Mavi Marmara incident," speaking at the NGOs of the Islamic World Conference.
Yildirim said "We have initiated an aid campaign for Gaza which is under blockade. All NGOs must take action for Gaza", adding "Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) should help to open a humanitarian corridor to Gaza through Egypt."
IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation is a Turkish NGO which is active in more than 100 countries.
Mavi Marmara is a Turkish vessel that crossed the Mediterranean in October 2009 with the aim of breaking the blockade imposed on Gaza after Hamas assumed power over the enclave in 2007.
Nine Turkish passengers aboard the international Mavi Marmara were killed in a clash with Israeli occupation forces that raided the vessel as it was on its way to Gaza.