Ismail Haniyeh's newborn grandson Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the newborn grandson of Gaza's Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh, displayed against a Turkish flag in Gaza on August 3, 2010 Photo by AP
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Ismail Haniyeh
Ismail Haniyeh

The head of Gaza's Hamas government has named his newest grandson after the Turkish prime minister.

Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan is admired as a hero in Gaza because his government gave tacit approval to a May flotilla of pro-Palestinian activists that sought to break Israel's blockade of the territory.

An Israeli commando raid on the boats killed nine Turkish activists, including one with U.S. citizenship. It also prompted international criticism that forced Israel to loosen its blockade of Gaza.

Already rocky relations between Israel and Turkey have markedly deteriorated since the incident.

Hamas media reported on Tuesday that Gaza's Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh wants Erdogan's name reverberated on every tongue in Gaza.

The 47-year-old Haniyeh has 11 children and 15 grandchildren.