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Israel Ends Turkey Travel Warning


Israel has lifted a travel warning for Turkey that was imposed after a deadly Israeli raid on an aid flotilla of mostly Turkish pro-Palestinian activists.

Bulent Ali Riza with the Center for Strategic and International Studies analyzes Israel-Turkey relations:

The Israeli government announced Tuesday that the travel warning for Israeli citizens considering travel to Turkey had been rescinded.

A statement from the country's counter-terrorism bureau said "calm" had returned to Turkey along with an absence of large-scale rallies against Israel.

In May, Israeli commandos killed nine activists who were part of a flotilla that was trying to break an Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip to deliver aid directly to Palestinians. Eight of the activists were Turks and the ninth was a Turkish-American.

The incident prompted anti-Israeli protests in Turkey and elsewhere and also led Turkey to withdraw its ambassador from Israel.

Israel has since taken steps to ease its Gaza blockade.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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