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Syria backs probe into flotilla raid

July 21, 2010 at 10:41 AM

DAMASCUS, Syria, July 21 (UPI) -- The international community needs to launch an independent probe into the Israeli raid on a Turkish-flagged vessel in May, Turkish and Syrian leaders said.

Syrian President Bashar Assad welcomed visiting Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to Damascus.

Both leaders discussed the need to dismantle the Israeli blockade imposed on Gaza, the official Syrian Arab News Agency reports

Israeli forces last May in international waters raided a Turkish vessel that was trying to break through the blockade. Several Turkish civilians were killed in the raid, severely damaging bilateral ties between Jerusalem and Ankara.

The Syrian and Turkish leaders during their talks in Damascus called for an independent investigation to probe the Israeli attack, SANA added.

Damascus said it was looking for another partner to help mediate talks with Israel following the fallout with Ankara over the Gaza flotilla raid.

Damascus was moving forward with talks with Israel using Turkey as a go-between.

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