Israeli ambassador exits Turkey as Gaza row mounts

TFF hits out at DFB after criticism of Ozil & Gundogan's Erdogan meeting

TFF hits out at DFB after criticism of Ozil & Gundogan's Erdogan meeting

Israel's ambassador to Ankara Eitan Naeh was summoned to the Turkish foreign ministry and told to "return to his country for a period of time", said a foreign ministry official who asked not to be named.

Following the violent clashes, Turkey recalled its ambassador from Israel and the USA for consultations, South Africa also recalled its envoy from Israel.

Meanwhile, In a similar development, The Palestinian Authority has also recalled its envoys to Romania, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria after their ambassadors attended an Israeli reception marking the U.S. embassy's move to Jerusalem.

Furthermore, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will hold an emergency meeting in Istanbul regarding Palestine on May 18.

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

Erdoğan responded that "Netanyahu is the PM of an apartheid state that has occupied a defenseless people's lands for 60 plus years in violation of United Nations resolutions", and "has the blood of Palestinians on his hands". "There is no doubt he well understands terrorism and slaughter", Netanyahu tweeted.

Turkey told Israel's ambassador to leave the country after Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinians during protests on the Gaza border against the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem.

Hours later Israel's Foreign Ministry said the Turkish Consul-General in Jerusalem had been summoned and told to return to Turkey "for consultations for a period of time".

"You were always among the first", he said.

"America says "I am strong and so I am right".

While Turkey under Erdogan has never completely severed ties with Israel, the Turkish strongman has also never shied away from the strongest criticism.

At the same time, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan also lashed out at Israel, accusing the country of being a "terror state" that has committed "a genocide". Which leaders may attend Fridays meeting has yet to be made clear. Erdogan regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause and past year hosted an OIC summit in Istanbul to denounce US President Donald Trumps decision to recognise occupied-al-Quds as Israel's capital. At least 2,400 more were wounded in the bloodiest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the 2014 Gaza war.

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