Friday 2nd September, 2011
• A leaked UN report rules that Israeli used excessive force when commandos raided an aid flotilla, killing scores of activists
• However, the report found Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip to be legal
• Turkey wants Israel to apologise for the deaths of its citizens
Officials in Turkey have indicated the country will soon expel the Israeli ambassador.The move comes after details of a UN report into last year’s raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla were leaked.Turkey is expelling the ambassador and suspending all remaining military agreements in protest to Israel’s steadfast refusal to apologise for the raid, which saw scores of activists killed, including nine Turkish citizens.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has described some of the report’s finding as “unacceptable”.
The United Nations’ report into the raid, by Israeli commandos on an aid flotilla in international waters, found that the Israeli government had used “excessive force”, but maintained that the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip was legal.
Turkish and Israeli diplomatic relations have effectively been downgraded to their lowest level possible.
The New York Times published the leaked copy of the report, which is to be released imminently by the UN.