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IHH, the Islamist Turkish organization responsible for the 2010 Gaza flotilla, on Thursday officially launched a new project in Gaza dubbed "Martyrs of the Freedom Flotilla".

According to the Turkish Anadolu news agency, the new project will provide daily meals for poor Gazan families.

"Today we inaugurate this project, which is named after the martyrs of the Mavi Marmara aid ship, with a view to easing the suffering of Gaza residents and providing poor families with food," Mehmet Kaya, director of IHH’s Gaza branch, told Anadolu.

According to Kaya, the $85,000 project will cater to some 600 poor Gazan families who have been selected by Zakat committees, which work according to Islamic regulations on charity.

Kaya went on to explain that the project would change its coverage area each month with a view to reaching the largest possible number of the beneficiaries.

The name of the project -- "Martyrs of the Freedom Flotilla" -- commemorates the ten Islamists who were killed by Israeli commandos on the Mavi Marmara in 2010, while attempting to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza.

The Mavi Marmara, which claimed to be providing "humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza," defied orders to turn around and dock at the Ashdod port so that its contents could be inspected by Israeli authorities. After it ignored repeated warnings to change course, the IDF boarded the vessel - only to be attacked by Islamist extremists on board.

The soldiers had no choice but to open fire, resulting in the deaths of nine of the IHH members on board.

After an investigation, Israeli authorities discovered the vessel to be carrying no humanitarian aid - in fact, no aid supplies at all - whatsoever.

That incident caused a rift between Turkey and Israel, but since that time the two countries agreed on a reconciliation agreement, under which Israel will pay Turkey $20 million in compensation for the deaths of the 10 IHH Islamists who were killed on the Marmara.

Soon after the reconciliation agreement was reached, Turkish President Recp Tayyip Erdogan blasted the IHH for failing to ask his permission before the flotilla.

The attack came after the group voiced serious criticism of Erdogan for reconciling ties with Israel.