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Netanyahu: Israel to Maintain Gaza Naval Blockade After Deal With Turkey

Netanyahu: Israel to Maintain Gaza Naval Blockade After Deal With Turkey
 

Monday, 27 June 2016 06:49 AM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday an Israeli naval blockade of Gaza will remain in force after a deal normalizing Israel's political and diplomatic ties with Turkey.

At a news conference in Rome, Netanyahu said the agreement announced with Ankara, ending a six-year rift after a deadly Israeli raid on a Turkish ship challenging the blockade, preserves "the defensive maritime blockade" of the Hamas-run enclave. But he said humanitarian aid could continue to reach Gaza through Israeli ports.

"This is a supreme security interest of ours. I was not willing to compromise on it. This interest is essential to prevent the force-buildup by Hamas and it remains as has been and is," Netanyahu said.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday an Israeli naval blockade of Gaza will remain in force after a deal normalizing Israel's political and diplomatic ties with Turkey.
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