Turkey's naval forces would escort Turkish humanitarian aid ships bound for the Gaza Strip, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister has said, following Israel's refusal to apologise for its deadly raid on an aid flotilla heading to the besieged Palestinian territory in May 2010.
"We have humanitarian aid to be sent there. And our humanitarian aid will not be attacked anymore, as happened to the Mavi Marmara," he told the Al Jazeera on Thursday.
"Turkish warships will be tasked with protecting the Turkish boats bringing humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip."
Too many people with fingers-on-triggers in too small a space under high stress. In that tense environment, the margin for error is very small. I hope level heads will be in command on both sides and it goes off without incident.