Turkey gives Gaza ultimatum to Israel

Turkey’s foreign minister has said the country would normalise ties with Israel if it lifts the blockade of Gaza

Following the IDF raid of a flotilla ship on Monday, which left nine dead including several Turkish nationals, Ahmet Davutogu said: "It is time calm replaces anger".

He said: "I see no reason for not normalising the ties, once the Gaza blockade is lifted and our citizens are released."

His comments came as Turkish planes arrived in Israel to take the activists home.

The Turkish ambassador to Israel has been recalled in the wake of the incident and there have been protests across the country, although Israel's ambassador remains in Ankara .

Last updated: 3:05pm, June 2 2010