Flotilla raid was `cause for war`: Turkey

Turkey`s PM said his country showed patience and refrained from taking any action.

Ankara: Turkey`s Prime Minister has said Israel`s raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla last year was "cause for war" but that his country showed "patience" and refrained from taking any action.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Al-Jazeera television in a recent interview that the Israeli attack that killed nine activists occurred in international waters and was therefore "unlawful”. His comments were carried by Turkey`s state-run Anatolia news agency late Sunday.

Erdogan said, "It is a cause for war, but we decided to act in line with Turkey`s grandeur and showed patience."

Israel insists its naval commandos acted in self-defence after being attacked by some of the activists.

A UN report into the raid said Israel`s naval blockade was legitimate but that it used "excessive and unreasonable" force.

Bureau Report