Israel Orders Return of Diplomats' Families From Turkey

Diplomats fear for the safety of their families following Israel's operation on the Gaza aid flotilla; four Turkish activists were among the nine killed during the raid.

The Foreign Ministry has ordered the families of its diplomats in Ankara and Istanbul to leave Turkey following the uproar over Israel's deadly naval raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

Pro-Palestinian Turks


Some of the families have already arrived in Israel, and others are expected to land on Wednesday, after diplomats have asked the Foreign Ministry to help evacuate their families in light of the hostile atmosphere rising in Turkey.


The Foreign Ministry has said this was a routine procedure in cases of a looming security threat to Israelis and to government representatives.


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At least four Turkish activists were among the nine killed by Israeli naval commandos in the raid Sunday on an international flotilla bringing aid to Gaza.


Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of a bloody massacre and thousands of Turks have protested across the country.