Turkey may Oversee Gaza Relief: Report

Israel may allow Turkey to monitor the entrance of relief supplies into Gaza, according to a report in a Lebanese newspaper.

Citing Arab diplomatic sources, the Lebanese daily newspaper Ad-Diyar said on Saturday that Ankara could be given a role in overseeing Gaza’s border crossings in the future, the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reported.

Relations between Turkey and Israel hit an all-time low after the attack on the Freedom Flotilla last month.

The Israeli military attacked the Freedom Flotilla in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea on May 31, killing nine Turkish citizens on board the M.V. Mavi Marmara and injuring about 50 other people who were part of the team on the six-ship convoy.

Israel also arrested and later released nearly 700 activists from 42 countries who were on board the ships of the Freedom Flotilla, which was attempting to break the siege of Gaza in order to deliver 10,000 tons of humanitarian assistance to the long-suffering people of the territory.

Earlier this month, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Israel was losing its "best friend in the region," and advised Tel Aviv to "immediately" review its policies.

And Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said that the incident might compel Turkey to reduce its relations with Israel to "a minimum" in the economic and defense spheres.

(Press TV)

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