Envoy returns Turkey after deadly Israeli attack

Turkey's senior diplomat in Israel returned on Thursday to Turkey after Israeli attack on Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

Envoy returns Turkey after deadly Israeli attack

Turkey's senior diplomat in Israel returned on Thursday to Turkey after Israeli attack on Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

Turkey's Ambassador to Israel Oguz Celikkol arrived in Istanbul, and will proceed to the capital Ankara later on Thursday.

Turkey recalled Celikkol after Israeli navy forces raided on Monday a convoy of aid ships of Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) carrying humanitarian aid for Gaza, killing nine people and injuring 30 others.

Celikkol came back to Turkey for consultations in January 2010 after Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon summoned him to express Israel's uneasiness over a Turkish TV-series showing Israeli agents kidnapping a child. During the meeting, Ayalon had Celikkol sit at a lower armchair in front of a table with only the Israeli flag on it, refusing to shake his hand in front of the press.

The diplomatic crisis ended when Israel apologised with a letter after repeated calls from Turkey which warned otherwise that it would withdraw its ambassador. Celikkol then returned to Israel.


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