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Humanitarian cover of arms supply

Various media both Western and Russian published news from Syria. According to HHM Russian jets bombed and destroyed several trucks with humanitarian aid for Syrian civil population.
Russian media http://www.pravdareport.com/news/world/26-11-2015/132716-turkish_humanitarian_convoy-0/
Western media http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/25/us-mideast-crisis-syria-trucks-idUSKBN0TE22Q20151125
Arab media http://www.menafn.com/1094451084/Russian-raids-targeted-Turkmen-areas-Moscows-data-shows?src=RSS
Turkish media http://www.todayszaman.com/diplomacy_tense-wait-continues-in-kilis-after-russian-air-strikes-hit-aid-convoy-near-turkey-border_405392.html
The origin of this news is statement made by IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation at its page on Facebook.
But this organization is known by its military activity. It has used humanitarian problems for supplying of weapon to various military groupings.
For example in the year 2010 armed members of HRF tried to enter Gaza with the ship full of weapon. Israel ministry of foreign affairs describes this story



The Meir Amit Intelligence and Information center http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/en/article/18108 also gives examples of “humanitarian” activity of this foundation.
“15. According to the study, the Turkish authorities began investigating IHH at least in December 1997, after having received information that senior IHH figures had purchased automatic weapons from radical Islamic organizations. The office of the organization in Istanbul was consequently raided and activists were arrested. During the raid the Turkish security forces found weapons, explosives, instructions for making IEDs and a flag with a jihad message. An examination of the documents found in IHH office indicated that IHH members were planning to take part in jihad activities in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Chechnya.”
After investigation of Gaza incident mentioned before, The Meir Amit Intelligence and Information center concluded:
“5. According to statements from the passengers, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan maintains close contacts with IHH. The flotilla set sail with the full knowledge and agreement of Erdogan, who expressed personal interest in its success and his intention to exploit it promote his status in Turkey and the Arab-Muslim world. Passengers said that before the flotilla set sail, Prime Minister Erdogan constructed a scenario based on a possible confrontation with Israel which he could use to further his own needs. The statements were supported by descriptions found in files on laptop computers belonging to the passengers.” http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/en/article/18098

At the beginning of the year 2014 IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation appeared to ship weapon to Syrian rebels through Turkish state border.
“AFP, Istanbul Thursday, 2 January 2014
Turkish security forces have seized a truck laden with weapons bound for Syria and arrested three people including a Syrian, local media reported on Thursday.
Acting on a tipoff, security forces on Wednesday stopped the truck in the southern province of Hatay on the Syrian border, Hurriyet newspaper reported.
A significant quantity of ammunition and weapons were discovered in the truck, whose drivers claimed they were carrying aid on behalf of the pro-Islamic Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH).” http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/01/02/Turkey-seizes-arms-in-truck-bound-for-Syria-.html
On May 29, center-left Turkish daily newspaper Cumhuriyet posted on its website a video, allegedly showing trucks belonging to IHH being inspected by security officers.

Later Turkish authorities proclaimed these weapon belonging to security services and started campaign against inquisitive journalists. Two of them were arrested.
And what’s for latest incident?
The IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation quickly changed its mind and distanced from destroyed trucks: “The trucks do not belong to us and there is no clear information on who bombed them.” https://twitter.com/IHHen/status/669607944510676993?ref_src=twsrc^tfw But prominent world media have already published opposite statement…

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