Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hit out at Israel’s deadly raid on the Turkish aid convoy, describing it as a bloody massacre.
Erdogan cut short his visit to South America to meet with officials in Ankara after Israeli troops stormed one of the Gaza bound ships, killing at least ten people.
In an address to AK Party lawmakers, the Turkish premier said: “The bloody massacre that Israel carried out on those ships deserves every kind of condemnation. The assault was clearly against the principles of humanity, international law and world peace.”
Turkey has already recalled its ambassador over the incident as ties between the two countries become increasingly strained.
Ankara has traditionally been Israel’s closest Muslim ally but relations soured in December 2008 after the Turkish government’s outspoken criticism of the bombing of the Gaza Strip.