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Israeli ambassador exits Turkey as Gaza row mounts

AFP  |  Istanbul 

Israel's to today left the country after being ordered out by in a growing crisis over the killing by Israeli fire of dozens of Palestinians on the border that threatens a reconciliation deal.

Israeli departed for via airport under the full glare of the Turkish media, who appeared to have been specially invited to film his exit.

Naeh has been told by to stay away for an unspecified period of time. had already withdrawn its for consultations while ordered the Turkish in to leave, also for an unspecified period of time.

The Turkish foreign ministry on Wednesday also told the Israeli general in to leave Turkey "for a period of time", the foreign ministry said.

The manner of Naeh's departure angered the Israeli government, with the ambassador filmed going through an extra security check and then sitting alone at the gate. Israel's foreign ministry on Wednesday summoned the Turkish charge d'affaires in to its headquarters for a reprimand over what it called in a statement "inappropriate treatment" of the ambassador.

The statement said that Naeh was subjected to "a stringent security check in the pre-arranged presence of the Turkish media." The Israeli statement invited local teams to film Turkish charge d'affaires Umut Deniz when he arrived at the foreign ministry.

The row, which yesterday saw and Israeli counterpart exchange bitter jibes on Twitter, threatens a 2016 deal to normalise ties after the crisis sparked by the May 2010 deadly storming of a Turkish ship by Israeli commandos.

Turkey has expressed outrage over the killing by Israeli forces on Monday of 60 Palestinians during protests and clashes on the border and also blamed tensions on the US decision to move its embassy for to from

also withdrew its for consultations after the bloodshed, which came on the same day the embassy move took place. Kilic arrived back in on Wednesday afternoon, said.

Erdogan will on Friday host an emergency summit meeting of the (OIC) in which he has said will send a "strong message to the world" on the whole issue.

The Turkish leader has engaged in to drum up support for the summit, speaking to leaders including Iranian Hassan Rouhani, Saudi Salman, Palestinian and Jordan's

Yet it remains to be seen which leaders will be present at the summit which will immediately be followed by a giant rally called by Erdogan in Istanbul to support the Palestinians.

said Turkey wanted to evacuate wounded Palestinians from for treatment but had yet to receive the necessary permissions from or Israel.

Erdogan, who regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause, this week has accused Israel of "genocide" and told Netanyahu he is leading an "apartheid state" while having the "blood of Palestinians" on his hands.

Netanyahu described Erdogan as "an expert on terror and slaughter" as a leading supporter of Palestinian Islamist group Erdogan hit back, saying is a "resistance movement".

Meanwhile Netanyahu's son posted on his personal account the slogan "Fuck Turkey" with the letter "c" turned into the crescent on the Turkish flag, Israeli media including reported.

The Netanyahu put out a statement saying: "Netanyahu is a private person, and his page is also private." Meanwhile the Turkish presidency said that on a visit to on Tuesday Erdogan met a delegation of ultra-orthodox Jews from anti-Zionist group Neturei Karta, a very small group on the margins of ultra-Orthodox Jewry.

They oppose the existence of a Jewish state before the coming of the Messiah. They had previously met with former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who became notorious for his verbal diatribes against Israel.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 01:10 IST
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