Erdogan blames Israel for Egypt coup

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan has accused Israel of being behind the coup in Egypt.

According to Turkish sources, Mr Erdogan met members of his party on Tuesday and said: "Israel is behind the coup in Egypt, we have evidence."

Reportedly, Mr Erdogan also mentioned an unnamed French Jewish academic who, according to the Turkish leader, said that the Muslim Brotherhood would not gain leadership because "democracy is not the ballot box".

Despite efforts at reconciliation, ties have been discontinued between Turkey and Israel since the flotilla incident in 2010.

Last updated: 12:48pm, August 20 2013