Egypt could be behind Mavi Marmara crisis, former Turkish envoy suggests

This file photo taken on Jan 11, 2010, shows Danny Ayalon (L), Israel’s deputy FM at the time, meeting Turkey’s then-ambassador to Israel, Oğuz Çelikkol

One of the passengers on an aid flotilla raided by Israeli commandos four years ago is suspected of being a member of Egyptian intelligence, raising the possibilities of Cairo’s involvement in the deadly incident that brought Turkish-Israeli relations to an all-time low, according to Ankara’s then-envoy to Israel.

The Egyptian spy agency member might have exaggerated to Israeli forces the existence of weapons on the Mavi Marmara, Oğuz Çelikkol has said in a new book out today. Nine Turks were killed when Israeli forces landed on the ship on May 31, 2010.

“I need to mention an incident during the evacuation efforts that I still cannot explain fully,” Çelikkol said in the book, “From One Minute to the Mavi Marmara.”

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