The first Turkish warship docked in Israel in more than a decade

A Turkish warship docked over the weekend in Israel for the first time since 2010, following the resumption of bilateral relations between the two countries, officials and AFP said on Sunday.

An AFP press team saw the frigate “Kamal Reis” anchored on Sunday in the port of the northern city of Haifa, where the Israeli Navy is based.

An IDF spokesman explained that the warship had been stationed for some time in the context of “NATO activities”.

In Ankara, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said the frigate is scheduled to remain in Haifa port until September 6.

After months of diplomatic rapprochement, Israel and Turkey announced on August 17 the full resumption of diplomatic relations between them and the return of ambassadors to the two countries.

Relations between the two countries were frozen after a crisis in 2010 when ten Turkish civilians were killed in an Israeli attack on the ship “Mavi Marmara”, which was on its way to break the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip.

Since then, no Turkish warship has docked in Israel.