Israel will return the Turkish aid ships on which its soldiers killed nine activists trying to reach the Gaza Strip, officials said Friday, Talks to return the Mavi Marmara and two other Turkish-owned ships from the flotilla had been held up by Israel's demand the owners undertake not to sail against the blockade.
"A decision was made yesterday to allow the ships to leave without further conditions. Turkey has been informed. They will leave soon," an Israeli official was quoted as saying by Reuters.
The Turkish embassy was handling discussions on how to retrieve the ships from Haifa and Ashdod ports, another Israeli official conveyed.