Turkey has closed its airspace to some Israeli military flights following a deadly raid on a Gaza—bound aid ship, the Turkish prime minister and officials said today. An official said civilian commercial flights were not affected.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters in Toronto that Turkey imposed a ban on Israeli flights after the May 31 raid on a Turkish ship that was part of a six—vessel international aid flotilla, according to the state—run Anatolia news agency.
The prime minister, who is in Canada to attend a summit of the Group of 20 major industrial and developing nations, did not elaborate.
A Turkish government official said, however, that the ban was for Israeli military flights and that commercial flights were not affected. It was not a blanket ban and each flight request would be assessed case—by—case, the official added.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity, in line with government rules that bar officials from speaking to journalists without prior authorisation.
Yesterday, Israel’s Yediot Ahronot newspaper reported that Turkey had not allowed a plane carrying Israeli military officers, en route to a tour of memorial sites in Auschwitz, Poland, to fly over Turkish airspace.
The transport plane, with more than 100 officers on board, was forced to make a detour, the paper said.