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Monday, March 8, 2010

Turkey rejects Israel's offer of post-quake aid

Ankara declines Jerusalem's proposal to assist search and rescue operations following 6.0-magnitude earthquake which hit country's east.
                                                   03.08.10 abridged from

Defense Minister Ehud Barak instructed the defense establishment to put together an aid proposal for Turkey, following the earthquake that hit the country's eastern region Monday, only to be rejected by Ankara. Barak's office said that Turkey informed Israel that it did not require assistance at this time.

The 6.0-magnitude quake shook the Elazig province in eastern Turkey around 4:30 am (GMT). Some 57 people were killed and over 40 aftershocks have been registered since, the strongest reaching 5.5 on the Richter Scale.

Jerusalem's relations with Ankara have deteriorated greatly over the past year... 
The growing tensions have seen Turkey cancel a joint military exercise scheduled to take place between the two air forces.