The Israeli authorities have officially banned servicemen fromvisiting Turkey. The Israeli anti terrorist department said in astatement that this primarily concerns reservists planning to spendvacations in Turkey, reports vesti.az.Turkish resorts are very popular among Israeli citizens. However,relations between the states have worsened due to a recent deadlyIsraeli raid on Gaza-bound aid ships carrying Turkish nationals. ManyTurkish cities saw anti-Israeli riots and demonstrations after theattack.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu, is heading to Jeddah to take part in the meeting of the executive council of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), reports Trend, with reference to the Turkish agency Anadolu. At the meeting of the executive council the recent attack on the aid flotilla by Israel and developments surrounding this incident will be discussed.
The Israeli government has made a decision to suspend all flights to Turkey. This embargo will be in effect for three weeks, APA reports, due to the problems between the two countries.
The US admits that the current situation around the Gaza Strip must be changed, but calls upon foreign ships carrying aid for the population of the Palestinian enclave to stop trying to breach the blockade by Israel, a spokesman for the US National security Council Mike Hammer stated.
The Israeli military are denying that the Irish ship "Rachel Corrie" has been captured, RIA Novosti reports. A representative of the Israeli command said that no boarding operation has been carried out. Neither did he confirm that the ship was stopped 55km from the Palestinian coast.Earlier it had been announced in Tel-Aviv that the "Rachel Corrie" would not be allowed through the blockade.
Israeli naval troops have stopped and boarded the Irish cargo ship "Rachel Corrie", which was trying to break the sea blockade of Gaza, Israeli radio reports. The ship was stopped 35 miles (65 km) from Gaza at 05:45, local time. There are no reports of any resistance, according to Interfax.
Vice-premier and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said thatorganizers of the humanitarian convoy "Freedom Flotilla" have tieswith Chechen separatists, reports Rossiya-24."It is obvious that their aim was conflict and bloodshed,"- he said.He also noted that the Israeli and Turkish sides maintained closecontacts through official and alternative channels. "We have offeredvarious alternatives for transporting this so-called humanitarian aid.But all our offers were refused." - Lieberman said.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over the deadly Israeli raid on the Gaza aid flotilla. Erdoğan is reported to have told Putin that Turkey would not accept such an interceptionErdoğan shared the details of the interception with Putin. He said Turkey would seek for international justice over the incident.
The Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Taner Yildiz,made a speech at a conference on rational use of energy, organized bythe energy structures of the US and the Turkish-American council. Hesaid that there will be no joint projects until normalization ofrelations with Israel, 6news reports.This includes humanitarian issues, gas projects and other projectsrelated to water resources. There will be no gas transport using ‘BlueStream – 2’.
Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu is ready to make concessions to theblockade of the Gaza Strip. According to Israel's 'Channel-2',Tel-Aviv is ready to allow international inspectors into Gaza to checkhumanitarian ships, Netanyahu told the Middle East peace envoy TonyBlair.
The situation around the "Flotilla" worsened US-Turkish relations
Israel has banned all flights of its air companies to Turkey.According to the head of the association of Israeli tour operators,Yossi Fatael, the full ‘embargo’ will remain in place for the nextthree weeks, Turprom reports. Turkey is one of the main spheres forthe Israeli market.
The chairman of the Board of Muslims of the Caucasus, Hadji Allakhshukur Pashazade, expressed his attitude to the attack by Israeli special forces on the aid convoy to Gaza. In an interview with the TV channel ANS, Pashazade criticized the incident and described it as a display of cruelty.
Turkish civil and military aircraft flew about 500 participants in the Freedom Flotilla to the country. Local television reports that 466 people, mostly Turkish citizens, were taken to Istanbul by three Turkish Airlines planes to Ataturk international airport. The bodies of 9 people killed during the attack by Israeli special forces were also flown there. There are 4 Turkish citizens among those killed, reports RIA Novosti.
The ambassador of Turkey to Tel-Aviv, Oguz Celikkol, returned to his home country on Thursday after Ankara recalled him in protest at the Israeli special forces' attack on the aid flotilla with international activists heading to the Gaza Strip, reports Trend.
The Grand National Assembly of Turkey accepted a declarationconcerning the attack on a Turkish humanitarian cargo ship heading toGaza by Israeli naval forces. The declaration involves the creation ofa commission to investigate human rights violation during the attack.The commission members will visit Israel, Vesti.az reports.
The Turkish parliament approved a unanimous declaration on Wednesdaycriticizing a deadly attack on naval humanitarian convoy heading toGaza by Israeli commandos, RIA Novosti reports.The Turkish legislative assembly demanded the government review itsrelations with Israel in the trade-economic and military spheres. Italso urged Israel to apologize for its actions and wants Israel to bebrought to face international charges. Parliament also called onIsrael to lift the blockade on Gaza immediately.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told President Obamathat Israel's raid violated international practice and was an unlawfulact. Conducting an intense round of diplomacy in the wake of theIsraeli raid on Gaza-bound aid vessels, Erdogan spoke to US PresidentBarack Obama by telephone.
Israel has started evacuating families of diplomatic corps fromAnkara, however this doesn't mean a full diplomatic break, ITAR-TASSreports.Israel "has to apologize to the international community for itsbehaviour," said Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, speaking atthe emergency session of the UN Security Council, convened at Ankara'sinitiative following the raid of Israeli commandos on the humanitarianflotilla to Gaza. Ten people were killed and dozens injured, most ofthem Turkish citizens..
Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan urged Israel on Tuesday to lift its "inhumane embargo" on Gaza as soon as possible, in a speech to parliament in which he criticised an Israeli raid on a Turkey-backed aid convoy, Reuters reports.Erdogan said the international community should carry out an investigation into the operation by Israeli commandos to stop a Turkish vessel carrying aid to Gaza. At least nine people were killed during the storming of the vessel.
Turkey has sent three planes to Israel to bring home some 20 of itsnationals injured when Israeli commandos attacked aid ships bound forthe Gaza Strip, Turkish officials said, ITAR-TASS reports.Turkey is still waiting for Israel's permission to send three moreplanes to bring home more nationals.
Israel has detained 480 participants of the international humanitarianflotilla attacked by Israeli commandos on Monday on its way to theGaza Strip, RIA Novosti reports, citing the Israeli radio station "KolIsrael". Another 45 are in hospital.The activists will be questioned and later deported. Some 48participants of the humanitarian mission have already left forTel Aviv international airport. Most of the hospitalized activists arecitizens of Turkey. Six Israeli soldiers received injuries during theraid.
Urgent closed consultations on the incident involving the "Freedom flotilla" have been started by the UN. A statement from the chair of the Security Council could be made after the consultations. The permanent Palestinian observer in the UN, Riyad Mansur, expressed hope that the Security Council will condemn the actions of Israel and will do its best to punish those responsible. According to the latest data, 15 people were killed and around 30 injured during the boarding.
Moscow has expressed concern regarding Israel's attack on the "Freedom flotilla", "The Voice of Russia" radio station reports Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrey Nesterenko as saying. The Ministry condemns Israel primarily for the loss of life. It insists a detailed investigation into the event should be launched.
An extraordinary session of the UN Security Council is taking place today, devoted to the capture of the international flotilla heading for Israel with about 10 thousand tons of humanitarian supplies, RIA Novosti reports. The precise time of the meeting is not yet known. There were 10 ships in the "Freedom flotilla" captured by the Israeli navy. Last Sunday they departed from Cyprus to break the blockade of the Gaza strip. There were 600 human rights activists on board, the majority of them Turkish.
"On board the international convoy carrying humanitarian aid to theGaza Strip were contraband weapons which the activists used to attackIsraeli soldiers", Trend reports, citing a source in the IsraeliGovernment.Arms were on board the ships before the arrival of the Israeli Navy,and Israeli soldiers were forced to defend themselves, as a result ofwhich two Israeli soldiers were injured, the anonymous source said.Over 10 people were killed during the raid, with some sources puttingthe death toll as high as 16.
Turkey has called for an emergency meeting of the U.N. SecurityCouncil after Israeli commandos stormed Gaza-bound aid ships, killingat least 10 activists on board, a Turkish foreign ministry officialsaid, Reuters reports. Ankara has also recalled its ambassador toIsrael.The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said he was shocked by theIsraeli raid. He noted that the international community condemns thekillings and will investigate the circumstances of the incident.
The Secretary General of the Arab League Amt Musa has urged an urgentsession for June 1 in connection with an Israeli raid on aninternational humanitarian convoy with human rights activists onboard, reports RIA Novosti.
The European Union has condemned Israel's attacks on ships carryingtons of humanitarian aid from Turkey to the Gaza Strip and demanded anexplanation from the Israeli government, Trend reports.EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security PolicyCatherine Ashton appealed to the Israeli leadership to letinternational ships enter the Gaza Strip to carry humanitarian cargoto the Palestinian enclave.Moreover, the Arab League announced it will hold an emergency meeting
The Turkish Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned as "unacceptable" an Israeli raid on international humanitarian ships, and demanded an official explanation from the Israeli government, reports ITAR-TASS.