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Turkey tells Israel's Istanbul consul to leave in escalating row

AFP  |  Istanbul 

has told the Israeli general in to leave the country temporarily, said today, the latest of a series of tit-for-tat expulsions in a growing crisis over Israel's deadly firing on Palestinians on the border.

The Turkish foreign ministry has told the to leave "for a period of time", the agency said.

had already withdrawn its in for consultations and told the Israeli to to leave, while ordered the Turkish in to leave for an unspecified period of time.

The row, which on Tuesday saw and Israeli counterpart exchange bitter jibes on Twitter, threatens a 2016 deal on normalising ties after a long-running crisis.

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

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 issue.

The 2016 reconciliation deal ended a dispute over the May 2010 deadly storming of a Turkish ship by Israeli commandos that saw relations downgraded.

That deal was strongly backed by the United States, which was keen to see make up with one of its very few key Muslim partners.

But Erdogan, who regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause, has never shied away from criticism of Israel even as ministers pressed between the two sides.

Erdogan 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 meanwhile told Erdogan that as a leading supporter of Palestinian Islamist group "there's no doubt he's an expert on terror and slaughter". In a tweet titled "Reminder to Netanyahu", Erdogan then denied that is a terror group, saying it is a "resistance movement that defends the Palestinian homeland against an occupying power".

After talks with British yesterday, Erdogan warned that history "will not forgive" Israel or the for moving the to in defiance of the Islamic world.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 12:15 IST