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Olmert apologised to Turkey for Syria raid

Jerusalam - Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has acknowledged for the first time that Israeli warplanes may have violated Turkey's air space during a raid on Syria last month, an official said Sunday.

Olmert apologised to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan when the two men met in London on Tuesday, the official said.

"If in fact Israeli planes penetrated Turkey's air space it was never meant intentionally or in any event to damage or hurt Turkey's sovereignty which we respect," Olmert said, according to an Israeli official present at the meeting.

During the meeting Olmert "expressed Israel's apologies to the Turkish government and the Turkish people for any damage caused," the official added.

Israel had previously confirmed it launched an air raid against a military target inside Syria on September 6 but has provided no additional details, amid speculation that t


Added: Oct-28-2007 
By: berlin_hamann
Tags: olmert, appoligsed, turkey, syria, raid, state, sponsored, terrorism
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