Monday, October 24, 2011

Turkey rejects All International Aid including Israel for earthquake victims


Ankara : Turkey has rejected all international aid, including an Israeli offer, in the wake of a strong earthquake that collapsed buildings and left hundreds dead. 

The Earthquake, which measured 7.3 on the Richter scale and was centered in southeastern Turkey, was felt in central Tel Aviv, Haaretz reported. At least 239 people are confirmed dead, with many others reportedly trapped in collapsed buildings. 

Diplomatic relations between Israel and Turkey have deteriorated since nine Turkish nationals, including a Turkish-American dual citizen, were killed in May 2010 during an Israeli raid on a Turkish-flagged aid flotilla attempting to break Israel's naval blockade on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. 

Turkey has demanded an Israeli apology for the deaths and compensation to the victims' families.

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