Turkish ambassador recalled from Israel arrives in Istanbul
The Turkish ambassador to Israel Oguz Celikkol today has returned to Turkey, after Ankara recalled him as a sign of protest against the Israeli special mission unit's attack on the flotilla carrying humanitarian aid with international activists to Gaza, the Cihan News Agency reported.
The plane landed early this morning in Istanbul's Ataturk Airport. After arrival the ambassador has made no statements.
The Israeli Special Forces conducted an operation in neutral waters Sunday night to intercept the "Flotilla of Freedom." The six vessels carrying at least 600 human rights activists, mostly Turkish citizens, and thousands of tons of humanitarian goods, moved toward a blocked Palestinian enclave. Nineteen activists died in the ensuing clash between the flotilla and the activists.
The Turkish ambassador Ahmet Davutoglu stated about a decision to send an international mission for investigation of violations of international laws, adopted by the UN Human Rights Council, promising that the incident will be considered at high level in all organizations, CNN Turk reported.
Turkish minister stressed that if Israel does not put an end to blockade of Gaza, Ankara will reconsider its relations with this country.