Nicaragua suspended diplomatic ties with Israel on Tuesday in protest at Israel’s raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that killed nine people, President Daniel Ortega’s office said.

“Nicaragua suspends from today its diplomatic relations with the government of Israel,” communications chief Rosario Murillo said in a statement read on Radio Ya.

Managua “underscored the illegal nature of the attack on a humanitarian mission in clear violation of international and humanitarian law,” added Murillo, who doubles as poetess and first lady.

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