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Turkish delegation to visit Israel for the first time since 2010

Aug. 30, 2015 10:52 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 30, 2015 11:04 P.M.)
A Palestinian demonstrator behind a Turkish flag during a protest in Nablus on May 31, 2010, following a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla of aid ships. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Turkish political delegation will visit Israel on Monday for the first time since a deadly attack was carried out by Israeli forces on a Turkish aid vessel bound for the Gaza Strip in 2010.

Israeli news website nrg.co.il said the delegation will meet with Deputy Minister of Regional Cooperation Ayoob Kara to discuss establishing a new industrial zone near the al-Jalaboa military checkpoint in the Jenin district of the occupied West Bank.

Relations between the sides fell into crisis after Israeli commandos stormed the Turkish-flagged Mavi Marmara, the largest ship in an aid flotilla headed for the besieged Gaza Strip.

Nine Turks died in the raid and one more died in a hospital in 2014 after four years in a coma.

The assault sparked widespread condemnation and provoked a major diplomatic fallout between the two countries.

Ankara expelled the Israeli ambassador and demanded a formal apology and compensation, as well as an end to the eight year blockade on the Gaza Strip.

In June Turkey said it was holding talks with Israel over a deal to reconcile the two former allies.

Earlier this month it was reported that Turkey is involved in pushing indirect peace talks between Israel and Hamas, talks that Israeli officials have so far denied and the Palestinian Authority has condemned.
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