Israel reportedly restricts multiple entry of Turkish tourists to Jerusalem

Israel has restricted the entry of Turkish tourists visiting Jerusalem to once a year, the Daily Sabah reported on Friday, citing the head of a Turkish tour organisation. 

Adem Yenihayat, the head of Burak Organisation which organises tours to Jerusalem, told the Anadolu Agency that Israel prohibited multiple entries of Turks visiting the holy city and had required for those under the age of 18 to be accompanied by a parent/guardian while visiting the city. Israel has also prohibited the unfurling of a Turkish flag inside the Al Aqsa mosque, Yenihayat said. 

The relations between Turkey and Ankara has been restrained in May after Ankara recalled its ambassador to Israel and expelled the Israeli ambassador in Ankara in response to Israeli security forces killing and injuring Palestinians protesting the opening of a new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. 

Turkey previously recalled its ambassador to Israel in 2010 in the wake of an incident in which Israeli security forces raided a ship belonging to a Turkish aid organisation on its way to Gaza, killing nine activists.