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Turkish ship carrying aid to Gaza reaches Israeli port

  • Panama-flagged "Lady Leyla", a ship carrying Turkish humanitarian aid to Gaza, arrives at the port in the city of Ashdod, Israel, Sunday, July 3, 2016. The first Turkish aid shipment to Gaza since Ankara reconciled with Israel after a six-year spat has arrived in an Israeli port Sunday with 10,000 tons of aid, including food, toys, clothes and shoes destined for Gaza ahead of the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. (AP Photo / Tsafrir Abayov)

    Panama-flagged "Lady Leyla", a ship carrying Turkish humanitarian aid to Gaza, arrives at the port in the city of Ashdod, Israel, Sunday, July 3, 2016. The first Turkish aid shipment to Gaza since Ankara reconciled with Israel after a six-year spat has arrived in an Israeli port Sunday with 10,000 tons of aid, including food, toys, clothes and shoes destined for Gaza ahead of the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. (AP Photo / Tsafrir Abayov)  (The Associated Press)

  • Containers are unloaded from Panama-flagged "Lady Leyla", a ship carrying Turkish humanitarian aid to Gaza, arrives at the port in the city of Ashdod, Israel, Sunday, July 3, 2016. The first Turkish aid shipment to Gaza since Ankara reconciled with Israel after a six-year spat has arrived in an Israeli port Sunday with 10,000 tons of aid, including food, toys, clothes and shoes destined for Gaza ahead of the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. (AP Photo / Tsafrir Abayov)

    Containers are unloaded from Panama-flagged "Lady Leyla", a ship carrying Turkish humanitarian aid to Gaza, arrives at the port in the city of Ashdod, Israel, Sunday, July 3, 2016. The first Turkish aid shipment to Gaza since Ankara reconciled with Israel after a six-year spat has arrived in an Israeli port Sunday with 10,000 tons of aid, including food, toys, clothes and shoes destined for Gaza ahead of the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. (AP Photo / Tsafrir Abayov)  (The Associated Press)

Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency says a ship carrying over 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid for the Gaza Strip has reached the Israeli port of Ashdod.

The vessel Lady Leyla set sail late Friday from the Turkish city Mersin. Anadolu said Sunday it docked in Ashdod after a 35-hour journey.

The ship is carrying food, toys, clothes and shoes, according to Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority. The delivery comes before the start of Eid al-Fitr, one of Islam's major holidays.

A six-year political fissure between Turkey and Israel ended last week when the two countries agreed to normalize ties. Relations had imploded in 2010 after an Israeli naval raid killed nine Turks on board an aid ship trying to breach Israel's blockade of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.