ANKARA (AFP) - Turkey expelled the Israeli ambassador to Ankara Friday and suspended all military ties with its o e-time ally after a UN report slammed the 'excessive force used in a raid on a Gaza aid flotilla. A day after leaked extracts of the report into last years commando raid appeared in the media, Turkeys foreign minister said that the government in Ankara had decided on a series of steps as a mark of protest. And although the report has yet to be released, Turkeys President Abdullah Gul said that Ankara would reject it, regarding it as null and void. The Israeli government meanwhile indicated it would accept most of the findings, but claimed vindication over its right to impose a blockade on the Palestinian territory which is run by the Hamas Movement. Turkey pulled its ambassador out of Tel Aviv in the immediate aftermath of the raid and, speaking at a press conference in Ankara, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said ties would now be further downgraded. All officials over the level of second secretary, primarily the ambassador, will turn back to their country at the latest on Wednesday, he said. Second, all the military agreements between Israel and Turkey are suspended. The foreign minister also said Ankara planned to challenge Israels right to impose a blockade on the Gaza Strip before the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the United Nations highest court. The measures announced by Turkey came after a leaked copy of the UN-mandated report criticised Israeli troops for using excessive and unreasonable force when boarding the ferry Mavi Marmara on May 31, 2010, leading to the deaths of nine people. The reports official release has been delayed several times because of the failure of Turkey and Israel to agree a final version. A UN spokesman said however that it was expected to be handed to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in coming days. Turkey had been Israels closest ally in the Muslim world, holding regular joint military exercises, but ties had been going steadily downhill since Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in 2002. Israels decision to board the vessels with such substantial force at a great distance from the blockade zone and with no final warning immediately prior to the boarding was excessive and unreasonable, said the inquiry, led by former New Zealand prime minister Geoffrey Palmer. It said forensic evidence showed most of the deceased were shot multiple times, including in the back, or at close range and this has not been adequately accounted for by Israel. The inquiry called on Israel to make an appropriate statement of regret for the raid and pay compensation to the families of the dead. Meanwhile, Israel will not apologise for a deadly 2010 raid on a flotilla of aid ships, an Israeli diplomatic source said Friday after a UN report criticised the Jewish state for using excessive force. Israel once again expresses its regrets for the loss of human life but there will be no apology for this operation, the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP. A senior Israeli official indicated that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus government would accept the findings but with some reservations. The report said Israel was entitled to impose the blockade and enforce it, but added: The manner of its enforcement, however, raises serious issues of concern. Spokesman for the Hamas rulers of Gaza, Sami Abu Zuhri, said the UN report was unjust and unbalanced and would allow Israel to shirk its responsibilities.