Turkish PM Says Gaza Blockade “is largely lifted” Through Turkish-Israel Reconciliation Deal

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Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım announced on June 27 that Turkey and Israel have reached a deal to normalize ties after six years of strain.

Yıldırım said the deal will be signed on June 28 and will be taken for confirmation to the cabinet in Israel and the parliament in Turkey, which will then be followed by the mutual assigning of ambassadors as soon as possible.

The prime minister also stated that Israel will pay $20 million in compensation to the relatives of the Mavi Marmara victims.

The first ship carrying humanitarian aid from Turkey to Gaza, part of the deal between Turkey and Israel, will set out for Ashdod Port next Friday, Yıldırım added.

A 200-bed Turkey-Palestine “friendship hospital” will also be put into service as soon as possible under the deal, Yıldırım said.

He also added that the Housing Development Administration of Turkey (TOKİ) has a housing project under development in Gaza.

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