Turkey to cut ties unless Israel apologises over Gaza raid

Ankara (ANTARA News/AFP) - Turkey will sever diplomatic ties with Israel unless it apologises over the commando raid on an aid convoy to Gaza in which nine Turks died, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was quoted as saying Monday.

"Relations will be broken" unless Israel apologises or accepts the conclusions of an international inquiry into the May 31 attack on the aid convoy bound for Gaza, he told Monday`s edition of the Hurriyet newspaper.

Turkey has until now called for an international probe into the raid but in a break with that position, Davutoglu did not reject the creation of Israel`s own commission to investigate the raid.

"If this commission concludes that the raid was unjust and if they apologise, that will be sufficient," he said, although he insisted that Turkey wanted compensation from the Jewish state.

The foreign minister also said that Turkey had closed its airspace to all Israeli military flights in reaction to the raid.

Source : http://antaranews.com/en/news/1278322435/turkey-to-cut-ties-unless-israel-apologises-over-gaza-raid

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