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Israel-Turkey spat escalates over Gaza violence

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and exchanged diplomatic barbs today as the spat between the former allies escalated following deadly violence along Israel's border with

A day after it expelled the Israeli ambassador, asked Israel's in to leave as well. Israel, in turn, summoned a top Turkish to be reprimanded for the humiliation of Israel's as he was kicked out of the country.

The exchanges came less than two years after the countries reconciled and exchanged after six years of animosity.

Once close allies in an Arab-dominated region, and Turkey's ties began to decline after Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose party has roots in Turkey's Islamist movement, first came to power as in 2003.

Relations imploded in 2010 after a confrontation between Israeli commandos and a Turkish flotilla trying to breach the blockade of left 10 Turkish activists dead.

Erdogan has often lashed out at over its clashes with militants in and he led the international criticism of Israel after nearly 60 Palestinians were killed Monday in the bloodiest day of cross-border violence since a devastating 2014 war between Israel and He also ratcheted up his rhetoric against the move to

retorted that a "man whose hands are drenched in the blood of countless Kurdish civilians in and is the last one who can preach to us about military ethics." Netanyahu's son, Yair, who has drawn criticism in the past for making crude social media posts, chimed in on

"Turkey, you're responsible to unbelievable atrocities and suffer to Cyprus, the Greek people, the Kurds and a genocide of the Armenians. Also I would like to remind the Turks that they're a people coming from Central Asia, illegally occupying little and Constantinople that was Christian before their invasion. So shut up!" he wrote.

Israel's summoned a top Turkish Tuesday to reprimand him for Turkey's treatment of Israeli The ministry accused Turkey of subjecting Naeh to a particularly severe security screening at the airport in and inviting local Turkish media to capture the humiliation of him being frisked and forced to remove his shoes and jacket.

In a video filmed by agency's at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport, Naeh is seen being searched at a final checkpoint routinely used for flights to the United States, and Israel before boarding. The final passenger security control is carried out by Gozen Air Services on behalf of

In the video, an airport security official pats the down. Naeh appears to be lifting his feet as the official squats. A man in plainclothes shadows the ambassador and three other officials look on as Naeh is searched.

Meanwhile, another passenger who is holding his shoes is also patted down. Naeh smiles and waves at the cameras as he heads to the boarding area.

The meeting in with the Turkish deputy ambassador, Umut Deniz, lasted about 20 minutes. He was asked to present his documents upon entering and made no comment to a crowd of reporters as he left the building. He then walked to a waiting van, slammed the door shut and it drove away.

Ministry said Israel expressed "our concern and our dismay at a gross violation of the diplomatic ethics." "The images of our ambassador being subjected to an unnecessary security check are spread all over Turkey," he said. "This is something that is totally contrary to diplomatic relations between countries and a public humiliation of an ambassador is something that Israel will not accept under any circumstances.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 21:25 IST
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