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September 9, 2011 2:46 pm

Erdogan: Turkish Warships to Join Future Gaza Flotillas

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Frigates of the Turkish Navy in formation. Photo: Dz.K.K.

CNN – Istanbul (CNN) — Turkey’s prime minister says the country will follow aid ships to Gaza in an effort to stop incidents like last year’s raid by Israeli commandos that killed eight Turks and one Turkish-American.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Al Jazeera television network Thursday that “Turkish warships are primarily responsible to protect our ships that carry humanitarian aid to Gaza. From now on, we will not allow these ships to be subjected to attacks from Israel similar to what happened with the Freedom Flotilla. … Israel will be answered appropriately.”

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