Turkey's IHH won't send ship on flotilla to Gaza

Technical problems have been blamed for the decision by Turkish activists not to send a ship in a flotilla to Gaza later this month.

The president of the Islamist group IHH, Bulent Yildirim, said they would not be able to participate.

However a member of the group Free Gaza said the flotilla would still set sail without the IHH boat but with around ten others from a range of pro-Palestinian groups.

IHH also organised last year's flotilla, which saw nine activists killed during clashes with Israeli commandos.

    Last updated: 11:51am, June 17 2011