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Turkey 'bans Israeli military' from airspace

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Turkey 'bans Israeli military' from airspace


Tension continues to mount between Israel and Turkey following the deadly assault on the aid ship bound for Gaza, despite last week’s meeting between ministers from each country.

The foreign minister in Ankara is quoted as saying in the press that Turkey has banned all Israeli military planes from its airspace, and it could be extended to passenger flights.

Last week, Turkey said two military planes had been denied entry but there was no general ban.

Reports quote Israel as saying that it will never apologise for the commando raid in which nine Turks were killed, causing international outrage.
Ankara curtailed diplomatic relations with Israel after the raid.

Last week’s talks between Israeli Trade Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer and Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu marked the first high-level meeting between the two countries since the storming of the aid ship. It seems that hopes for a thaw in relations are somewhat premature.

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