Turkey’s foreign minister says his country is preparing to challenge Israel’s blockade on Gaza at the International Court of Justice.

Ahmet Davutoglu’s comments Saturday came a day after Turkey expelled the Israel’s ambassador and severed military ties with the country over its refusal to apologize for last year’s deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. The move further strained ties between the two former allies.

In the interview with Turkey’s state-run TRT television, Davutoglu dismissed a U.N. report into the raid that said Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza was legally imposed as a legitimate security measure.

Davutoglu said Turkey does not recognize the blockade and will start procedures to counter its legality at The Hague, Netherlands-based court next week.


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