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diplomatic row between Turkey and Israel following the Israeli army’s killing of dozens of Palestinians is showing no signs of slowing down amid reciprocal expulsions and heated exchanges.

In the latest episode, Israel protested on Wednesday over what it called Turkey’s “unbecoming treatment” of its expelled ambassador after he was shown on Turkish TV undergoing an airport security check in public view.

The previous day, Turkey had summoned Ambassador Eitan Naveh to tell him it would be “appropriate” for him to return to Israel “for a while”. In response, Israel ordered the Turkish representative in the country to return home for consultations.

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Ankara’s move came as it condemned the killing of demonstrators in the Gaza Strip on Monday, as well as the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on the same day.

 Kevin SS@EmirLouise

İsrail büyükelçisi ülkeyi terk ederken İstanbul Atatürk hava alanında üst arama ve ayakkabı kontrol uygulamasına takılmış👌 

At least 62 Palestinians, who rallied as part of the Great March of Return movement, were killed by Israeli forces during a protest near the fence with Israel. More than 2,700 others were wounded.

Accompanied by a personal security guard and several consulate officers, Naveh left for Tel Aviv from Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport at 08:30 GMT on a Turkish Airlines charter plane.

His security check was captured in a video that was aired on Turkish TV on Wednesday.

Later on Wednesday, Israel’s foreign ministry said in a statement that it had summoned the Turkish embassy’s charge d’affaires to protest the expelled ambassador’s security check.

Rights groups and activists have in the past accused Israeli airport staff of regularly violating Israeli law by subjecting Arab passengers, including Israel’s Palestinian citizens, to strip searches and other degrading procedures.
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