09 Sep '11, 8am

Turkey warships to Gaza threat 'grave': Israel minister - Straits Times #Gaza #Palestine #Israel

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli Intelligence Minister Dan Meridor on Friday described as 'grave and serious' a threat by the Turkish prime minister to send warships to escort any aid vessels trying to reach the Gaza Strip. 'These remarks are grave and serious, but we have no wish to add to the polemic,' Mr Meridor said on army radio. 'It is better to stay quiet and wait - we have no interest in aggravating the situation by replying to such (verbal) attacks,' he said. Late on Thursday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkish warships would escort any aid ships trying to reach Gaza in defiance of an Israeli naval blockade, in a bid to protect them from Israeli forces.

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