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Turkish airspace closed to Israeli military planes

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Tensions between Turkey and Israel have been further heightened, after Turkey closed its airspace to military flights from the Jewish state. An Israeli plane carrying soldiers to Auschwitz in Poland had to fly an alternative route, after being denied permission to fly through Turkish airspace.

This latest diplomatic disruption comes at the same time as an Israeli inquiry into the deaths onboard the Turkish ship bound for Gaza in May. The proceedings are being observed by a foreign panel – including Northern Ireland politician, David Trimble. Israeli Prime Minister, Benyamin Netenyahu, and the defence chief will be called to testify.

The relationship between the two countries has been under strain since nine Pro-Palestinian Turks were killed in a raid on a flotilla almost a month ago. The boats were attempting to defy the Israeli blockade and sail directly to Gaza. Israel maintains that its soldiers came under attack when they boarded, and fired in self-defence.