Turkey expels Israel's consul general to Istanbul in spat over Gaza violence

Glen Norman
May 16, 2018

The two leaders called for an emergency Islamic summit to discuss the USA embassy relocation to Jerusalem, which undermines future opportunities for any peaceful settlement, and the repercussions of Israel's violence in occupied Palestine, Qatar-based English newspaper Gulf Times said. Reportedly, such a decision was made by the Israeli Agriculture Ministry after the two countries recalled their ambassadors.

"The Turkish consul in Jerusalem was summoned this afternoon to the ministry of foreign affairs and was asked to return to his country for consultations for a certain period", an Israeli foreign ministry statement said.

Protests on Whitehall in central London
Protests on Whitehall in central London

At least 62 Palestinians were killed and thousands more injured by Israeli forces along the Gaza border Monday.

During a telephonic call, the Turkish leader extended invitation to Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for participation in the extraordinary session of the OIC. The government declared three days of mourning.

Since the border rallies began on March 30, more than 100 Palestinian demonstrators have been martyred by cross-border Israeli gunfire, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

On Wednesday, Israel protested what it called Turkey's "unbecoming treatment" of its expelled ambassador, after the envoy was shown on Turkish media being patted down by airport security in Istanbul in public view.

The Organization for Islamic Cooperation is the second largest intergovernmental platform in the world, following the United Nations, and has 57 member states in four continents.

Israel expelled the Turkish consul-general in Jerusalem, and Erdogan exchanged heated words on Twitter with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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