Turkey expels Israeli ambassador

AP , Friday 2 Sep 2011

Diplomatic ties between the two countries erode further more than a year on from Israel's deadly attack on the aid flotilla to Gaza

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Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks during a news conference in Ankara (Reuters)

Turkey says it is expelling the Israeli ambassador and cutting military ties with Israel over the country's refusal to apologise for last year's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Friday Turkey is downgrading diplomatic ties to the level of second secretary and that the ambassador will leave Turkey by Wednesday.

Davutoglu also said Turkey was suspending all military agreements signed between the former allies, saying "it is time Israel pays a price."

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