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Turkey steps up Israel sanctions over flotilla raid

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Turkey steps up Israel sanctions over flotilla raid


Turkish tensions with Israel are rising. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara is imposing more sanctions on Israel over its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla last year.

Turkey is now freezing all defence industry trade with Israel, whose defence minister had earlier called for restraint.

“Israel and Turkey are the two strongest and most important nations in the present time in the region and even when we have disputes, and we have several disputes, we should act out of our heads, not out of our guts on both sides and I recommend it very strongly both to ourselves and to our Turkish neighbours,” Ehud Barak told reporters during a tour of an army base in the Golan Heights.

On Friday, Ankara expelled Israel’s ambassador after a UN report said “excessive force” was used in the raid in which nine Turks died. Israel says its commandos acted in self-defence after meeting violent resistance from the pro-Palestinian activists.

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