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Turkey's Foreign Minister says Israel is solely responsible for the killing of nine pro-Palestinian activists during a raid to stop a Gaza aid flotilla on May 31st.
Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey's Foreign Minister, said, "No one else can take the blame for killing civilians in international waters. It is obvious. Israel killed civilians in international waters and should take the responsibility of having done so. However, we rely on an inquiry by an international commission, and we believe as a result of this investigation, those responsible for this incident will be identified within the frame of international law. Turkey has no responsibility in the attack on the flotilla."
The Turkish minister's comments appeared to be in response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks Monday to a separate Israeli inquiry into the fatal raid.
Netanyahu says Turkey ignored repeated warnings and appeals "at the highest level" to halt the flotilla, which was organized by an Islamic charity based in Turkey.
The killing of the activists, all Turks, sparked a meltdown in relations between the two nations.
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