The Turkish foreign minister said on Monday that Turkey was using, and would continue to use, all its rights stemming from international law regarding the Israeli attack on ships carrying aid to Gaza.
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said there were around 600 people from 32 countries on board the ships that set sail from Turkish ports.
"Therefore, this is not only an issue between Turkey and Israel, but one between Israel and international community," Davutoglu told a press conference at the Teterboro airport in New Jersey, the United States, before proceeding to New York.
Turkey earlier called for an emergency session at the United Nations (UN) Security Council over the Israeli raid on the aid flotilla and Davutoglu was set to deliver a speech at the meeting.
"Israel should give up seeing itself as a privileged country," Davutoglu said.
Davutoglu said rules binding other nations should also bind Israel, and called on Turkish citizens to feel at ease as Turkish Republic was a strong state and had the right to protect rights of its citizens.
"We are briefing NATO on the issue, and we will continue to take necessary steps after consultations we will hold within the framework of NATO," he also said.
Israeli navy forces raided a convoy of aid ships of Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) carrying humanitarian aid for Gaza, killing at least 10 people and injuring 30 others.
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