Daily Israel Report

Turkey Travel Warning Called Off

Counter-Terrorism Bureau says mass Turkish protests against Israel have ceased and Israelis may again visit that country.

By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 7/20/2010, 9:46 PM

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The Counter-Terrorism Bureau announced Tuesday that it was calling off a travel warning regarding Turkey that it issued on May 31. The warning was issued immediately following the Gaza flotilla incident, when mass demonstrations were being held in Turkey against Israel.

Demonstrations had ceased and there was a “calm” in Turkey, the CTB said.

"However,” it added, “it is recommended that Israelis in Turkey stay clear of any demonstrations should they occur, and to avoid getting drawn into political discussions with locals.”

Turkish diplomatic sources were quoted Tuesday as complaining that Israeli Foreign Ministry was not responding to requests to return to Ankara's hands three ships that had taken part in the flotilla. 

Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported that the ships were being held in Israel's territorial waters and that diplomatic complaints on the matter filed by Turkey's Tel Aviv embassy had remained unanswered.