ANKARA, Sept 2 Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu
said on Friday Israel's diplomatic presence in Turkey was being
cut to second secretary level, effectively expelling Israeli
diplomats in protest over an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound ship
that killed nine Turks.
"Turkey-Israel diplomatic relations have been reduced to a
second secretary level. All personnel above the second secretary
level will return to their countries by Wednesday at the
latest," Davutoglu told a news conference. Israel's ambassador
Gabby Levy was currently in Israel and cancelled plans to return
to Turkey on Thursday.
A long-awaited U.N. report on the raid, made public on
Thursday, declared that Israel's naval blockade of the Gaza
Strip was legal, but that the Jewish state used unreasonable
(Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz, Editing by Daren Butler)