After a number of Turkish requests for a return of the ships used in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, Israel has agreed to comply.Israel will release the three Turkish ships carrying humanitarian supplies to Gaza and which were subsequently attacked by the Israeli navy who murdered nine people.

Ever since the attacks on the ships they have been docked in Ashdod and Haifa ports, awaiting their fate.

Turkey has in that time made repeated requests to the Israeli government to return the ships in addition to other demands.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman agreed in a meeting on Thursday to release the ships back to Turkish control.

Once close relations between Israel and Turkey have soured since the attacks on the aid ships.