Turkey cuts ties with Israel, expels Israeli Ambassador - Israel's Gaza-Flotilla blockade Legal says UN
September 2, 2011 7:44 AM
Turkey cuts Israel ties over flotilla raid
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu gestures while speaking during a news conference in Ankara, Sept. 2, 2011. (Getty)
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey expelled Israel's ambassador and said Friday it is cutting military ties with Jerusalem over last year's raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that killed nine people.
Turkey's move came before the anticipated publication Friday of a U.N. report on violence aboard a Gaza-bound protest flotilla. The fatalities included eight Turkish nationals and one Turkish-American activist.
The New York Times published what it said were excerpts from the report, which said Israel's blockade of Gaza is a "legitimate security measure." But the report also said Israel's use of force against the flotilla was "excessive and unreasonable," according to the newspaper.
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