The Palestinian Ministry of Social Affairs on Saturday began to distribute Turkish aid in the Gaza Strip, including 1,000 bicycles for children.
"We have come to the Gaza Strip to deliver aid to the Gazans,"
Fahrettin Göker of Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority
"President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan oversees the aid until it is given to the Gazans," Göker added.
He continued by saying that the bicycles were given as a gift to
children who received education at a school for orphans and highlighted
that they were delighted by the present.
For his part, Youssef Ibrahim, the undersecretary of the Ministry of
Social Affairs in Gaza, said the Turkish aid will be distributed in
"Around 200 families will benefit from the Turkish aid in the first phase," he said.
Ibrahim explained that each aid package to be distributed in the first phase will include flour, sugar and cooking oil.
İbrahim noted that 100 bicycles have been distributed in the first
phase, and said that the rest will be given to children near Gaza's
He continued by saying that Gazan children use bicycles as a means of transportation.
On September 7, a Turkish ship carrying 2,500 tons of humanitarian
aid bound for the Gaza Strip docked in the Israeli port city of Ashdod.
The vessel was the second of its kind to arrive for the Gaza Strip.
In July, the Turkish government sent a ship carrying humanitarian aid
that was eventually distributed to the people of the Gaza Strip.
The Turkish aid to Gaza comes within the context of a deal signed
this summer between Turkey and Israel in which the two agreed to restore
diplomatic relations following a six-year hiatus.
According to Turkish officials, Tel Aviv has met all of Ankara's
preconditions for normalizing ties, which were severed in 2010 after
Israeli commandos stormed a Gaza-bound Turkish aid vessel in
The attack resulted in the death of nine Turkish activists and left
another 30 injured, one of whom succumbed to his injuries nearly four
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