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Turkey accepts 'Israeli apology by phone'

Turkey accepts "Israeli apology by phone". Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologised on Friday to Turkey for errors that might have led to the deaths of nine Turkish activists during a 2010 raid on a boat off the Gaza Strip, his office said in a statement. Netanyahu talked with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan earlier in the day in a telephone call engineered by U.S. President Barack Obama during a visit to Israel, looking to restore badly impaired ties between the two U.S. allies. "Prime Minister Netanyahu expressed an apology to the Turkish people for any error that may have led to the loss of life, and agreed to complete the agreement for compensation," the Israeli statement said. The prime ministers of Israel and Turkey also spoke by telephone on Friday, US President Barack Obama said, ending his visit to Israel with the announcement of a diplomatic breakthrough between the two divided US allies. Ties was broken after Israel troops killed 9 Turkish activists including one American citizen of Turk origin aboard an aid ship aiming to break a siege on Gaza. Turkey has demanded a formal apology from Israel over the deadly naval raid, compensation for victims and their families and for the Gaza blockade to be lifted.

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