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Turkish Israeli tension for airport passengers

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Growing tension between Israel and Turkey is manifesting itself at airports, where passengers from the respective nations say they are being subjected to humiliating treatment.

Israelis at Istanbul airport claim they were kept in a corner while their passports were taken away.

Turkish tourists in Tel Aviv alleged they were singled out and mistreated by Israeli officials.

Ahmet Aydin, Istanbul’s deputy governor, said: ‘“According to the principle of mutuality declared by our foreign ministry, we are performing the same process on Israeli citizens as they performed on Turkish citizens. We are asking the same questions as our citizens were asked for up to 15 minutes, and then we welcome Israeli citizens to our country.”

Relations deteriorated over Israel’s refusal to apologise to Turkey for a raid on a ship trying to break the blockade of the Gaza Strip. Nine Turks were killed by Israeli forces.