Turkey tells Israeli consul in Istanbul to leave temporarily

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Turkey has told the Israeli consul general in Istanbul to leave the country temporarily. According to state media, this is the latest of a series of tit-for-tat expulsions in a growing crisis over Israel’s deadly firing on Palestinians on the Gaza border.

Turkey had already withdrawn its ambassador in Tel Aviv for consultations and told the Israeli ambassador to Ankara to leave, while Israel ordered the Turkish consul in Jerusalem to leave for an unspecified period of time.

Turkey has expressed outrage over the killing of around 60 Palestinians on the Gaza border by Israeli forces on Monday. It also blamed tensions on the US decision to move its embassy for Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

Meanwhile, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas recalled its envoy in Washington. Husam Zomlot, the Palestine Liberation Organization’s chief representative in Washington, was already on his way back to the Palestinian Territories.

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