Turkey, Israel close to deal on compensation over Mavi Marmara: Turkish official

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 15, 2016 11:12 AM

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Talks between Turkey and Israel have reached the point at which both sides can now sign an agreement on compensation for the killing of 10 Turkish activists by Israeli commandos in 2010, a Turkish ruling party official said on Monday.

The erstwhile allies have stepped up efforts in recent months to restore a relationship that was severely damaged following the Israeli raid on a Turkish boat, the Mavi Marmara, which had been trying to breach a blockade on the Gaza Strip.

Omer Celik, a spokesman for Turkey's ruling AK Party, made the comment live on Haber Turk television station.

(Reporting by Ayla Jean Yackley and Birsen Altayli; Editing by David Dolan)