Turkey says it will challenge Gaza blockade

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Posted: Sep 03, 2011 8:34 AM
Turkey says it will challenge Gaza blockade

Turkey's foreign minister says his country is preparing to challenge Israel's blockade on Gaza at the International Court of Justice.

Ahmet Davutoglu's comments Saturday came a day after Turkey expelled the Israel's ambassador and severed military ties with the country over its refusal to apologize for last year's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. The move further strained ties between the two former allies.

In the interview with Turkey's state-run TRT television, Davutoglu dismissed a U.N. report into the raid that said Israel's naval blockade of Gaza was legally imposed as a legitimate security measure.

Davutoglu said Turkey does not recognize the blockade and will start procedures to counter its legality at The Hague, Netherlands-based court next week.