Anti-Israel Flotilla Group Busted in al Qaeda Terror Raid

Israeli Naval vessel intercepts pro-Palestinian flotilla / AP

Israeli Naval vessel intercepts pro-Palestinian flotilla / AP

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Turkish police on Tuesday raided the offices of an al Qaeda-linked charity group responsible for organizing the 2010 Gaza flotilla that caused a deadly international incident.

The main offices of the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), a Turkish charity that claims to support humanitarian causes, were raided by Turkish anti-terror forces in connection with a larger bust on al Qaeda militants, according to Turkish media reports.

IHH has long been suspected of having ties to terror organizations, including Hamas and al Qaeda.

Regional experts said the Turkish raid provides the first definitive evidence that IHH is not the humanitarian organization it claims to be.

“One gets a sense that the Turkish military knows something about the IHH that we’ve long suspected,” said Jonathan Schanzer, a former intelligence analyst who has written about U.S. government bids to designate the IHH a terror group.

IHH, which is often lauded by U.S. groups critical of Israel, has been encircled in controversy since it organized the 2010 Gaza flotilla, a supposedly humanitarian aid mission that sought to breach Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip.

IHH claimed that it was carrying peaceful pro-Palestinian activists aboard its ship. However, when Israeli Navy personnel boarded the flotilla, activists attacked the soldiers with guns, knives, crowbars, and other weapons.

Two Israeli commandos were severely wounded during the attack, while 10 of the activists died as a result of the violence.

Anti-Israel critics such as the Center for American Progress’s (CAP) Matt Duss and others lashed out at the Israeli military and defended IHH as a peaceful humanitarian group.

Tuesday’s raid, however, paints IHH in a different light.

Turkish police searched an IHH storage facility located near the Syrian border where the group has been suspected of smuggling arms, according to reports.

Less than two weeks before Tuesday’s raid, Turkish police stopped a truck “laden with weapons” on the Syrian border. Under questioning, the driver claimed he was carrying “aid on behalf” of IHH, according to al Arabiya.

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