Ankara vows to retaliate Israel’s deterrent measures against Turkish tourists
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday accused Israel of taking deterrent measures against Turkish citizens traveling to Jerusalem, referring to Ebru Özkan, a Turkish tourist detained last month trying to board a flight in Tel Aviv, TRT Haber reported.
Israel charged Özkan on Sunday with helping smuggle money and packages to Palestinian militant group Hamas, Reuters said.
According to Reuters, Özkan was led, manacled, to the dock in an Israeli military court on the boundary with the occupied West Bank and she was indicted of acting in the service of a proscribed group, transferring money for enemy agents, and threatening public order. One of the charges she faces is for smuggling five bottles of perfume, which, according to the prosecutors she intended to sell to raise funds for Hamas.
“Israel should end these wrongful policies and inhumane cruelty. Recently, we also observe their measures against our citizens. As a last example of it, they keep on extending the detention of our sister, Ebru Özkan,” Çavuşoğlu said on Friday during an interview. “Do not force us to take counter measures,” Çavuşoğlu added and vowed to retaliate, if Israel does not stop its inhumane policies.