Saturday 26 May 2018

Turkey expels Israeli consul in spat over Gaza violence as protests continue

A Palestinian demonstrator reacts as others run from tear gas fired by Israeli forces during a protest marking the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip May 15, 2018. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
A Palestinian demonstrator reacts as others run from tear gas fired by Israeli forces during a protest marking the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip May 15, 2018. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
Palestinian demonstrators are seen as smoke rises from burning tires during a protest marking the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip May 15, 2018. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
An Israeli man chants during a protest in Jerusalem outside Prime Ministers Benjamin Netanyahu residence calling to stop the Gaza siege, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Eyal Warshavsky)
Palestinian protesters burn tires during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Tuesday, May 15, 2018.. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A Palestinian protester reacts to teargas fired by Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) chair Fatin Al Tamimi speaks at a rally called by the group on O'Connell Street in Dublin after more than 60 Palestinians were killed and about 2,000 injured by Israeli forces during protests on Monday. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Protesters attend a rally called by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) on O'Connell Street in Dublin after more than 60 Palestinians were killed and about 2,000 injured by Israeli forces during protests on Monday. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Palestinians living in Greece shout slogans and wave Palestinian flags during a demonstration outside the Israeli embassy against the killing of Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces on the Gaza border, in Athens, Greece, May 15, 2018. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
The sun sets over the Gaza Strip, as seen from the Israeli side of the border May 15, 2018. REUTERS/Amir Cohen TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Left wing Israelis hold signs during a demonstration against the situation in Gaza in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Israel faced a growing backlash Tuesday and new charges of using excessive force, a day after Israeli troops firing from across a border fence killed 59 Palestinians and wounded more than 2,700 at a mass protest in Gaza. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
British Ambassador to the United Nations Karen Pierce, center, is joined by ambassadors from other European Union countries as she speaks to reporters after a Security Council meeting on the situation in Gaza, Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Palestinian protesters run for cover from teargas fired by Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
A Palestinian vendor stands next to his cart selling iced juice during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Israel faced a growing backlash Tuesday and new charges of using excessive force, a day after Israeli troops firing from across a border fence killed dozens of Palestinians and wounded more than 2,700 at a mass protest in Gaza. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Israeli soldiers arrest Palestinian protesters during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Israel faced a growing backlash Tuesday and new charges of using excessive force, a day after Israeli troops firing from across a border fence killed dozens of Palestinians and wounded more than 2,700 at a mass protest in Gaza. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
A Palestinian protester asks for help while standing next to a wounded man was shot by Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
A drone used by Israeli troops fires teargas at Palestinians during a demonstration near the Gaza Strip border with Israel, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian medics raise their hands up while walking towards the Israeli side of the border with Gaza in a try to evacuate a injured protesters during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian protesters carry a wounded woman during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinians watch a burning Israeli field caused by a kite Palestinian activists use with burning rags dangling from its tail, during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian medics help a woman who fainted from teargas fired by Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, chants slogans during his visit to the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, eastern Gaza City, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian protesters run for cover from teargas fired by Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian protesters carry a wounded man shot by Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Tear gas shot by Israeli forces is seen as smoke rises from burning tires during a protest marking the 70th anniversary of Nakba, on the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza border, May 15, 2018. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Tulay Karadeniz

Turkey has ordered the Israeli consul general in Istanbul to return to Israel "for some time", a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said on Wednesday, in a diplomatic spat which follows the killings of 60 Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces.

Turkey has been among the most vocal critics of the Israeli use of deadly force against protesters at the Gaza border and of the U.S. decision to open its new embassy in a ceremony attended by President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Palestinian demonstrators are seen as smoke rises from burning tires during a protest marking the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip May 15, 2018. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
Palestinian demonstrators are seen as smoke rises from burning tires during a protest marking the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip May 15, 2018. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

President Tayyip Erdogan described Monday's bloodshed, the deadliest for Palestinians since the 2014 Gaza conflict, as genocide and called Israel a terrorist state. The government declared three days of mourning.

Turkey has expelled Israel's ambassador and recalled its ambassadors from Tel Aviv and Washington. It has called for an emergency meeting of Islamic nations on Friday.

Palestinian protesters burn tires during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Tuesday, May 15, 2018.. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinian protesters burn tires during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Tuesday, May 15, 2018.. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Israel expelled the Turkish consul-general in Jerusalem, and Erdogan exchanged heated words on Twitter with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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."

The dispute appears to mark the worst diplomatic crisis between the two regional powers since Israeli marines stormed an aid ship to enforce a naval blockade of Gaza in 2010, killing 10 Turkish activists and prompting a downgrade in diplomatic ties that lasted until 2016.

Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) chair Fatin Al Tamimi speaks at a rally called by the group on O'Connell Street in Dublin after more than 60 Palestinians were killed and about 2,000 injured by Israeli forces during protests on Monday. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) chair Fatin Al Tamimi speaks at a rally called by the group on O'Connell Street in Dublin after more than 60 Palestinians were killed and about 2,000 injured by Israeli forces during protests on Monday. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Protesters attend a rally called by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) on O'Connell Street in Dublin after more than 60 Palestinians were killed and about 2,000 injured by Israeli forces during protests on Monday. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Protesters attend a rally called by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) on O'Connell Street in Dublin after more than 60 Palestinians were killed and about 2,000 injured by Israeli forces during protests on Monday. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Left wing Israelis hold signs during a demonstration against the situation in Gaza in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Israel faced a growing backlash Tuesday and new charges of using excessive force, a day after Israeli troops firing from across a border fence killed 59 Palestinians and wounded more than 2,700 at a mass protest in Gaza. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Left wing Israelis hold signs during a demonstration against the situation in Gaza in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Israel faced a growing backlash Tuesday and new charges of using excessive force, a day after Israeli troops firing from across a border fence killed 59 Palestinians and wounded more than 2,700 at a mass protest in Gaza. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

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