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Hamas opens memorial to dead flotilla activists

06-01-2011 14:55 BJT

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The Islamic resistance group Hamas has unveiled a memorial for nine activists killed last year in an Israeli raid on an international flotilla seeking to break a blockade of the Gaza Strip.

The memorial at Gaza's harbor includes nine 12-meter-high metal statues shaped as sails, and a new public park.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said Tuesday that the memorial commemorates "the heroes who drew the world's attention to the siege of Gaza." On the same day, thousands of Turkish people massed at Istanbul's main square to remember those who died in the flotilla incident.

Israel and Egypt have enforced the blockade since Hamas took power in Gaza four years ago. Last week, Egypt permanently opened the border.

But, Israel still enforces its sea blockade and other restrictions.



Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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