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Israel orders Turkish consul in Jerusalem to leave

AFP  |  Jerusalem 

ordered the Turkish in to leave for an unspecified period of time today, the foreign ministry said, after demanded the same of the Israeli in over violence on the border.

Turkish had also launched a bitter attack on Israeli Benjamin Netanyahu, saying he led an "apartheid state" and had Palestinian blood on his hands.

Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinians during protests and clashes along the border on Monday, the bloodiest day in the conflict since a 2014 war.

"The Turkish in 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.

Consuls general based in typically act as diplomatic representatives for the Palestinian territories.

is under mounting international pressure amid calls for an independent probe into the violence.

It rejects the criticism, saying its open-fire rules are necessary to defend its border. Netanyahu and Erdogan, a strong backer of the Palestinians, have regularly traded insults and the diplomatic row marked the worst crisis between the countries since a 2016 reconciliation deal.

Earlier Tuesday, Netanyahu hit back at Erdogan after he accused of "state terror" and "genocide".

"Erdogan is one of the biggest supporters of Hamas, so there's no doubt he's an expert on terror and slaughter," Netanyahu said in a Hebrew-language post. "I'd suggest he doesn't preach morality to us." was once and diplomatic ally in the but ties began to deteriorate when criticised Israel's December 2008 to January 2009 offensive against

Relations then nosedived on May 31, 2010 when Israeli naval commandos stormed a Turkish-registered protest ship, the Mavi Mara, part of a flotilla attempting to break the Israeli blockade of the Palestinian territory.

Nine Turkish activists were killed in the operation.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 23:45 IST