Gaza Blockade-busting Ship, Mavi Marmara, Goes on Auction Block
The Mavi Marmara, a ship that became famous when Israeli forces killed 10 Turkish citizens during clashes on the vessel while it was attempting to breach a naval blockade on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, is up for auction, Turkish media is reporting. The auction, reportedly because there is a lien on the vessel, was announced over the weekend. Starting price for the historic vessel is 3 million, 888 thousand liras, or $346,200. The ship’s equipment such as navigation, communication and other safety protection tools, are still operational. It even still shows signs of the 2010 confrontation, that led to significant damage in relations between Israel and Turkey, according to reports. The ship, which has been renamed the Anatolian, is currently sitting in Mogadishu Port, in the capital of Somalia, and its insurance value is $2 million.