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A Turkish ship carrying humanitarian aid for the Gaza Strip is expected to dock at the Israeli port of Ashdod on Sunday, a Turkish government source says.

After undergoing a mandatory Israeli security check, the relief supplies should begin to be distributed in Gaza on Monday or Tuesday - just in time for the multi-day festival of Eid.

The source says the ship Lady Leyla will depart Turkey on Friday. Among the cargo on board will be 10,000 food containers, 10,000 toys and 2,000 tons of rice.

Israel and Turkey signed a reconciliation agreement on Tuesday that, among other guarantees, allows Turkey to deliver humanitarian goods to Gaza.

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