Factfile: 2010 Gaza flotilla raid

In May 2010, human rights activists boarded six ships in an attempt to breach Israel's blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip to distribute aid.

  • The flotilla of ships was boarded around 80 miles from Israel's coast
  • Israeli commandos boarded Turkish ship MV Mavi Mara and met with resistance
  • Nine Turkish activists died during the raid
  • The incident severely harmed ties between the once-close allies
  • Turkey withdrew its ambassador from Israel and scaled back diplomatic ties

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Israel sorry for flotilla deaths

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has apologised to his Turkish counterpart for "any errors that could have led" to the deaths of nine Turkish activists during a 2010 raid on a flotilla off the Gaza Strip.