OIC head backs Turkey over Israel sanctions

Organization of Islamic Cooperation expressed its disappointment over the latest UN report about last year's deadly Israeli attack against a humanitarian aid ship.

OIC head backs Turkey over Israel sanctions

Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) expressed Saturday its disappointment over the latest UN report about last year's deadly Israeli attack against a humanitarian aid ship.

Releasing a statement, OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said that the report, which showed Israel innocent, caused great disappointment for his organization.

Ihsanoglu also said OIC fully supported Turkey's latest diplomatic measures against Israel.

On May 31, 2010, Israeli commandos raided a humanitarian aid flotilla heading for Gaza, killing nine Turkish nationals one of whom was a U.S. citizen.

Turkey said after the attack that it expected Israel to make a formal apology, pay a certain compensation to the families of the victims and to end its blockade over Gaza.

The United Nations established an inquiry panel to examine the incident. The UN panel's long-awaited "Palmer Report" was handed over to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on September 2.

The report said Israel's raid of the vessels was "excessive and unreasonable," while the flotilla acted "recklessly" in attempting to break the naval blockade. It also said the Israeli naval blockade on Gaza was "legal".

Meanwhile, Turkish FM Ahmet Davutoglu unveiled a series of decisions concerning Turkish-Israeli relations.

The measures included downgrading Turkish-Israeli diplomatic ties to the level of a second-secretary, suspension of military agreements, measures pertaining to freedom of navigation in the Eastern Mediterranean and demanding a review of the Israeli blockade over Gaza by the International Court of Justice.

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