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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.

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Turkish PM accepts Israeli apology over flotilla deaths

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has accepted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's apology over the Gaza flotilla deaths on behalf of Turkey, a US official has said.

Members of Hamas' security forces stand guard at Gaza Seaport after the flotilla raid. Credit: REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Mr Erdogan's office said the Turkish Prime Minister underlined the importance of strong cooperation and friendship between the two nations during his telephone conversation with Mr Netanyahu earlier today.

"Erdogan told Benjamin Netanyahu that he valued centuries-long strong friendship and cooperation between the Turkish and Jewish nations," the statement from his office said.

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