An Islamic charity that sponsored the Gaza-bound aid flotilla that Israeli commandos boarded about four months ago says activists from several countries in Asia plan to send an aid convoy to Gaza in an effort to break Israel's naval blockade of the region.

The Turkish charity IHH said on Monday that 500 activists from a dozen countries will take part in the new convoy that hopes to reach Gaza by December 27.

It says the activists will set off from India by land on December 2, cross Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and Syria, then try to reach Gaza by sea. IHH will organise the Turkish leg of the trip.

The group sponsored the Gaza-bound aid flotilla that was intercepted by Israeli commandos May 31. Eight Turkish activists and a Turkish-American died in the raid, which sparked international condemnation.

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