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Israel is seeking written assurances from Turkey that the three IHH ships which it has in its possession, captured during the May 31 Gaza-bound flotilla incident, will not be used for another blockade-running attempt before it agrees to send them back to Turkey, reported Turkish daily Hurriyet Tuesday.
The IHH, which organized the ships of the flotilla, is demanding that Israel provide tug boats to tow the ships back to Turkey, according to Hurriyet. The Israeli Foreign Ministry has yet to respond to the complaint IHH lodged at the Embassy in Tel Aviv.
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“Israel has long been dragging its feet and made public that it will not
give the ships back unless the commission inquiry is concluded. I think
the process will last four or five months,” said Salih Bilici of the
“We are only an NGO and how influential can we be? Turkey at every
occasion demands the return of the vessels,” Bilici told Hurriyet.
Hurriyet reported that in past cases, Israel has required assurances
only from the organizers which send ships to Gaza, but this time Israel
is asking for assurances from Turkey