Erdogan demands Israel lift Gaza blockade as pre-condition for flotilla negotiations
Israel recently offered Turkey $20 million as compensation to families of those individuals who were killed in Israel's 2010 raid on the flotilla that was delivering humanitarian aid supplies to Gaza. (AFP/File)
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded Israel to lift its blockade on the Gaza Strip in order to sign an agreement between the two countries.
Erdogan said in a press conference held in Ankara with his Spanish counterpart Mariano Rakhoi Wednesday night that significant progress has been made in the talks with Israel.
Relations between Ankara and Jerusalem strained after an IOF raid on the Mavi Marmara, the Turkish-owned ship in May 2010 to enforce a naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. Nine Turkish citizens were killed in the raid.
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