A ban on Israeli military flights passing through Turkish airspace has been enforced for the first time, after a plane carrying soldiers was forced to divert.
Speaking from Canada, Turkey’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayipp Erdogan, confirmed the existence of the sanction. He said: “I’m not aware of this latest incident, but the restrictions to Israeli military flights do apply.”
The aircraft, which was carrying Israeli soldiers on their way to Auschwitz in Poland, had to fly a different route.
This escalation of tension between the two countries comes as an Israeli inquiry is looking into Turkish deaths onboard a ship bound for Gaza.
Though calls for an international investigation were dismissed, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benyamin Netenyahu, and the defence chief will be called to testify.
The inquiry is looking into the killings of nine pro-Palestinian Turks after a raid on their flotilla in May. The boats were trying to defy an Israeli blockade, and sail directly to Gaza. Israel claims their soldiers fired in self-defence.
Israeli military flights banned from Turkish airspace