Turkish PM will not visit Gaza

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Posted: Sep 11, 2011 7:24 AM
Turkish PM will not visit Gaza

Turkey's foreign minister says the prime minister will not cross the border into the Gaza Strip during his trip to Egypt but warns that Israel faces "growing isolation" in the region.

Ahmet Davutoglu said Sunday that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who visits Egypt Monday, will also travel to Tunisia and Libya, but will limit his itinerary to those destinations.

Israel has had strained relations recently with both Turkey and Egypt, where rioters ransacked the Israeli embassy. A visit to Gaza by Erdogan could spike tensions following Israel's refusal to apologize for its raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla that killed nine pro-Palestinian activists last year.

Israel says it "will act to lower the flames" and try to mend relations with Turkey.