29 Jun 2010

Turkey bans Israel military flight

10:47 pm on 29 June 2010

The Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has announced that Israeli military aircraft are being excluded from Turkish airspace.

An Israeli plane carrying officers to Poland has been denied permission to cross Turkish airspace and forced to make a long detour.

The ban is in apparent retaliation for Israel's raid on an aid convoy bound for Gaza on 31 May, in which nine Turkish citizens on the flotilla were killed, the BBC reports.

Military flight bans are being considered on a case-by-case basis, Turkish officials told the BBC, but civilian flights woud not be affected.