ISTANBUL, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- Mavi Marmara, the flagship of the ill-fated Gaza-bound flotilla attacked by Israel in May, returned to Istanbul on Sunday.
More than 10,000 people gathered at Istanbul's Sarayburnu port to express their anger at Israel, waving flags of Turkey and the Palestinian territories.
A welcoming ceremony was held by the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH) for Mavi Marmara ship at the port.
People across Turkey, peace activists from 50 countries and representatives from nongovernmental organizations attended the ceremony.
Mavi Marmara set sail from Turkey with humanitarian aid to Gaza on May 22, 2010.
On May 31, Israeli soldiers attacked the flotilla in international waters. Nine activists were killed and 54 others were injured by the attacks. - Xinhua News