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Israel says Turkey can build Gaza hospital: Report

Published on Feb 12, 2013 7:35 PM

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel has authorised Turkey to truck construction materials into the Gaza Strip and to build a new hospital there, an Israeli newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The Israel Hayom freesheet characterised the move as a gesture aimed at thawing relations between the one-time allies which became icy following a 2010 Israeli raid on a ship seeking to break the Jewish state's Gaza blockade, in which nine Turkish activists were killed.

"Security officials said yesterday that the permission was given 'as part of the policy of Israeli openness toward the Turks'," said the paper, which is considered close to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"This appears to be an important step in helping produce reconciliation between Turkey and Israel." Security officials were not immediately available to confirm or deny the report.

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