Tue May 15, 2018, 09:16 PM

Turkey asks Israel ambassador to temporarily leave the country

Turkey has asked Israeli Ambassador to Ankara Eitan Naeh to “temporarily leave the country” in reaction to the killing of scores of Palestinian protestors by Israeli security forces, while the Turkish envoy to Tel Aviv has arrived in Ankara after being called back for consultations.

The Foreign Ministry summoned Naeh on May 15 and asked him to leave Turkey, sources told the Hürriyet Daily News.

Naeh was appointed as ambassador to Ankara in December 2016 after the two countries reconciled broken ties over the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident. The Israeli envoy is expected to leave Turkey, sources said without detailing when.

Turkish Ambassador to Tel Aviv Kemal Ökem arrived in Ankara on May 15 and will stay in Ankara for consultations for an unspecified length of time.

Ankara’s move followed Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım’s statement on the same day that called on Muslim countries to review their ties with Israel.

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