The first Turkish shipment of aid arrives in Gaza through under a new deal to normalise relations between Israel and Turkey. Paul Chapman reports.
The first shipment of aid from Turkey arrives in the Gaza Strip through Israel. It's expected to be followed by about 500 more under a deal between Turkey and Israel to restore relations after a six-year rift. The deal's being welcomed by Turkey's Red Crescent Society. (SOUNDBITE)(English) KEREM KINIK, PRESIDENT, TURKISH RED CRESCENT SOCIETY, SAYING: "This is the first ship after the Turkish and the Israeli governments' agreement. It will also be continuously, regular, humanitarian assistance. We will distribute these humanitarian goods inside and across Gaza by Palestine Red Crescent." Relations between the two countries soured in 2010 when Israeli marines stormed a Turkish ship challenging its blockade of Gaza. Ten Turkish activists were killed in fighting on board. The agreement struck last week has been driven by the prospect of lucrative Mediterranean gas deals and mutual worries over growing security risks. The first shipment of about 11, 000 tonnes of goods including clothing, toys and medication got an enthusiastic reception in Gaza. Israel allows the import of commercial goods into Gaza but restricts items it considers could be used to make weapons or build fortifications.