THE MIDDLE EAST IS HEATING UP AND IS ABOUT TO EXPLODE.TURKEY GIVES ISRAEL A DIPLOMATIC DEMAND;”
|Turkey demands return of citizens
Turkey has warned it will cut off diplomatic ties with Israel if its citizens killed and injured in the Gaza flotilla raid are not returned by Wednesday night.
Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister, also called for an international commission into the raid on the convoy of six ships, which reportedly killed at least four Turkish nationals.
“We have clearly stated that we would review our ties with Israel if all Turks not released by the end of the day,” Davutoglu told a news conference.
Turkey has sent three planes to retrieve hundreds of activists detained following Monday’s raid in international waters, which left nine people dead.
Legal action considered
Davutoglu said 210 Turks were scheduled to be flown to Istanbul from Israel on Turkish planes later on Wednesday, while it is believed around 20 injured people will return via Ankara, Turkey’s capital, on ambulance planes.
The foreign minister added that two Turkish citizens who were in serious condition will remain in Israeli hospitals with a Turkish doctor.
“We will not leave them to the mercy of anyone,” he said.
Davutoglu added Turkey was ready to normalise ties with Israel if it lifted its blockade on Gaza, saying “it was time calm replaces anger”……HERE IS MORE