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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Turkey, Israel to agree normalization deal June 26

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Turkey and Israel will this weekend announce a deal on normalizing ties, ending a six-year diplomatic crisis sparked by a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla in which 10 Turkish nationals died, a report said Tuesday.

The Hurriyet daily said the two sides would make the announcement during final talks on June 26 after intensive diplomacy resulted in a compromise agreement on the partial lifting of Israel's blockade on the Gaza Strip.

Previously tight relations between Israel and key NATO member Turkey were significantly downgraded after Turkish "peace activists" tried to break through the blockade around Gaza and then used weapons stowed on board to attack IDF soldiers attempting to stop their ships.

Nine Islamist activists on board the Turkish-owned Mavi Marmara ferry were killed, with a tenth person later dying of his wounds, sparking a bitter diplomatic crisis.READ MORE