A low-ranking member of Turkey's ruling party is reportedly facing dismissal after wishing death to Israelis wounded in a terror attack in Istanbul on Saturday.
- Two Israeli-Americans Identified Among Victims of Istanbul Suicide Attack
- Israel Looking Into Whether Istanbul Bomber Targeted Its Nationals
- Suicide Bomber Kills Four in Istanbul, Israeli Citizens Among Victims
Shortly after news broke that Israelis were hurt during the suicide bombing, Irem Aktas, reportedly a public relations official for a women's branch of a local AKP office in Istanbul, tweeted that she wished that the "wounded Israeli tourists were all dead."
Saturday's bombing killed at least two Israelis, with a third Israeli also feared dead. The attack claimed the lives of four people in total. Thirty-six people were wounded, among them eleven Israelis, two of whom are in serious condition.
The post prompted Hatice Yucel, the chairperson of the women's branch, to tweet in response that the organization has "taken necessary steps to discharge the member," according to the website of the Turkish Daily Sabah newspaper.
Yucel expressed her condolences over the Istanbul attack and said Aktas' comments do not reflect the party's position, the newspaper added.
Aktas' tweet has since been removed, although screenshots of it circulated in the media.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the "outrageous" tweet on Saturday. Speaking to reporters at the Foreign Ministry's situation room, Netanyahu said that he had received assurances, presumably by Turkish officials, that action would be taken against the woman.