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Turkey expels Israeli envoy over Gaza massacre

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ISTANBUL: Turkey has told Israel’s ambassador to Ankara to leave the country over the killing of dozens of Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces, according to media reports.

Eitan Naeh was summoned to the foreign ministry in Ankara on Tuesday and asked to leave over the deaths at the Gaza border, Haaretz reported. He was told to leave “for some time,” a source told the international media. He has served in the position since October 2015.

It comes after Turkey recalled its own ambassadors in Israel and the United States “for consultations” over the violence on Monday. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan referred to the crackdown by Israeli forces as “genocide” and called Israel a “terrorist state” while reaffirming his country’s commitment to standing in solidarity with the Palestinian people. –Agencies

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