Turkey and Israel expel envoys over Gaza violence

Erika Holt
May 17, 2018

Monday wherein over 60 Palestinian protesters were killed by the Israeli forces on the Gaza Strip.

Turkey has called for a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Friday.

Turkey has been among the most vocal critics of the Israeli use of deadly force against protesters at the Gaza border and of the USA decision to open its new embassy in Jerusalem.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday lashed out at the global "silence" over the killing by Israeli fire of dozens of Palestinians on the Gaza border. The government declared three days of mourning.

The ministry said in a written statement that it expressed discomfort to Deniz over alleged mistreatment during the departure from Turkey of Eitan Naehe, Israel's ambassador to Ankara.

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"The dispute appears to mark the worst diplomatic crisis between the two regional powers since Israeli marines stormed an aid ship to enforce a naval blockade of Gaza in 2010, killing 10 Turkish activists and prompting a downgrade in diplomatic ties that lasted until 2016".

"The Russian side underlined the importance of refraining from violence and the need to establish an effective negotiating process in order to find mutually acceptable solutions based on relevant United Nations (UN) decisions", it said. "There is no doubt he well understands terrorism and slaughter", Netanyahu tweeted.

"Want a lesson in humanity?"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's son on Wednesday posted a controversial post which read "F*ck Turkey", on his Instagram account after its President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed Israel for the killings in recent Gaza protest.

There have been demonstrations against Israel in Istanbul and in the capital Ankara.

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