Two kilometers in the Bab el-Salam border crossing, inside Turkish territory, is a large, orderly fenced-in compound. Entering vehicles are carefully inspected for explosives. In the compound, trucks are loaded with tents and food, which they then carry past the border into Syria.
Inside a large, gleaming, spanking clean construction equipped with the advanced computer system are activists working for The Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief, known by its Turkish acronym IHH. They are organizing the wide-ranging task involved in setting up camps on Syrian land and transferring aid to the Syrian refugees.
This huge compound was set up to help the thousands and thousands of refugees who have been streaming crossing point from war-torn Syria to Turkey over the last five years. Now IHH is working on a new Turkish initiative — to create, for the very first time, a refuge for the refugees on Syrian land.
IHH is the organization that initiated and arranged the Marmara flotilla in 2010, in which nine activists were killed in a violent clash with Israeli naval commandos to Gaza. IHH defines itself as an international humanitarian organization that runs in over 100 nations, sending rescue teams and aid to catastrophe points around the world. But above all, IHH serves as the long arm of the Islamist organization in Turkey.