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'Israel to compensate Turkey' over flotilla raid

A long-awaited compensation deal for Turkish victims of a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza aid flotilla four years ago will soon be signed, Ankara said on Tuesday. The May 2010 Israeli assault on the Turkish ship the Mavi Marmara while it was in international waters on its way to Gaza triggered a severe diplomatic crisis between the two countries. "We have received a final agreement document from Israel," Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc was quoted as saying by Hurriyet newspaper's website.

Israel minister says Turkey PM blocking flotilla deal

A senior Israeli minister on Thursday accused Turkey's prime minister of blocking a compensation deal for those killed in a 2010 raid on an aid flotilla by demanding Israel end the Gaza blockade. Israel and Turkey have been locked in 11 months of talks over compensation for nine Turkish nationals killed in a deadly Israeli raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla in May 2010, with officials on both sides recently confirming they were close to a deal.

Israel minister says Turkey PM blocking flotilla deal

A senior Israeli minister on Thursday accused Turkey's prime minister of blocking a compensation deal for those killed in a 2010 raid on an aid flotilla by demanding Israel end the Gaza blockade. Israel and Turkey have been locked in 11 months of talks over compensation for nine Turkish nationals killed in a deadly Israeli raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla in May 2010, with officials on both sides recently confirming they were close to a deal.

Turkey, Israel 'close' to deal after deadly flotilla raid

Negotiators are close to striking a long-awaited deal on compensation for Turkish victims of a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza aid flotilla four years ago, a Turkish official said Monday. The May 2010 Israeli assault on the Turkish ship the Mavi Marmara while it was in international waters on its way to Gaza sent relations between Israel and Turkey to an all-time low. Talks on compensation for the nine Turks killed in the raid eventually began in March 2013 after Israel extended a formal apology to Turkey in a breakthrough brokered by US President Barack Obama.

Turkey, Israel 'close' to deal after deadly flotilla raid

Negotiators are close to striking a long-awaited deal on compensation for Turkish victims of a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza aid flotilla four years ago, a Turkish official said Monday. The May 2010 Israeli assault on the Turkish ship the Mavi Marmara while it was in international waters sent relations between Israel and Turkey to an all-time low. Talks on compensation for the nine Turks killed in the raid eventually began in March 2013 after Israel extended a formal apology to Turkey in a a breakthrough brokered by US President Barack Obama.

Israel offers $20 mn to Turkey flotilla victims

Israel has offered Turkey $20 million in compensation to the families of those killed and wounded in its botched 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla, Haaretz newspaper reported on Monday. Citing unnamed Western diplomats briefed on ongoing negotiations with Ankara, the daily said Turkey had yet to respond to the offer. Bulent Arinc, Turkey's deputy prime minister, said major progress had been made but that a few points still had to be ironed out. "We are not yet ready to sign... but a solution is close," Arinc told reporters.

Israel offers $20 mn to Turkey flotilla victims

Israel has offered Turkey $20 million in compensation to the families of those killed and wounded in its botched 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla, Haaretz newspaper reported on Monday. Citing unnamed Western diplomats briefed on the ongoing negotiations with Ankara, the daily said Turkey had yet to respond to the Israeli offer. Once-close relations between the two nations fell apart after Israeli commandos killed nine Turkish nationals during a botched pre-dawn raid on a six-ship flotilla seeking to break Israel's naval blockade on Gaza in May 2010.

Turkey briefly stops suspicious trucks near Syria border

Turkish security forces on Sunday stopped and searched seven trucks near the Syrian border suspected to be loaded with weapons -- but let them go when they discovered Turkish intelligence personnel on board, according to media and officials. Local media reported that a big contingent of security officers stopped the trucks and briefly detained three of the drivers.

Turkey searches trucks for weapons near Syria border

Turkish security forces on Sunday searched seven trucks near the Syrian border suspected to be loaded with weapons and briefly detained three drivers, local media reported. The operation came just days after Turkish police carried out multi-city raids against Al-Qaeda suspects accused of helping radical fighters in Syria. The Turkish government itself has been accused by Western powers of shipping arms to rebels and turning a blind eye to militants crossing the border to fight in Syria, claims it has repeatedly denied.

Erdogan backtracks in Turkey judicial row but remains defiant

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday he was ready to withdraw a contentious bill aimed at curbing the powers of the judiciary as he battled to contain the worst crisis of his 11 years in office. But he vowed he would show no mercy in the bitter power struggle pitting his beleaguereed government against supporters of an influential exiled cleric. "If you take pity, you'll become pitiable," the defiant Turkish leader thundered.
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