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Newsline: Turkish man badly beaten at Turkish consulate in Rotterdam

Newsline: Turkish man badly beaten at Turkish consulate in RotterdamA Turkish man living in the Netherlands filed a criminal complaint claiming that he was badly beaten and tear gassed by the security personnel of the Turkish Consulate in Rotterdam, according to a report by BBC Turkish on Saturday. Erdal Akbaba, a Turkish businessman living in the Hague, was given a doctor’s note for 18 days off work and was told that he had narrowly avoided losing his sight because of the tear gas. Akbaba went to the Turkish Consulate in Rotterdam 41 days ago with his family to register his new-born daughter, however the registration could not be completed due to a technical problem. Akbaba and his family went to the consulate for a second time one week later, but after waiting for four hours, he was told that the computer system was not working. He wanted to take back the documents he submitted, but the officer turned down his request. The officer called the security personnel, after the argument with Akbaba became heated.



Newsline: Turkish ambassador returns to US post after consultations over Jerusalem embassy move

Turkey’s ambassador to Washington has returned to his post after being called to Ankara for consultations over the U.S. moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. The foreign ministry confirmed that Serdar Kılıç left Ankara on Thursday, two weeks after Turkey recalled him for consultations. Kılıç met President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım to discuss the embassy move and Israeli killings of over 100 Palestinian protesters in protests along the Gaza border.


Newsline: Turkey recalls ambassadors to US after spat over embassy

Turkey’s ambassador to Washington was on Thursday heading back to the US, after contention over the official inauguration of the new US embassy in Jerusalem. State TRT television said that Serdar Kilic had left Ankara to resume his post after an absence of over two weeks from Washington. Meanwhile, Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the Hurriyet Daily that Kilic would be back at work by the time he meets his US counterpart Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday. Turkey recalled its ambassadors to Washington and Tel Aviv early this month for consultations after dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire along the Gaza border on the same day the US celebrated the opening of its embassy in Jerusalem. In Washington, Pompeo and Cavusoglu are expected to try and agree to terms for the withdrawal of US-backed Kurdish militia from the Syrian town of Manbij, a move long sought by Turkey. Relations between the two NATO allies have become increasingly bitter in recent months, over issues including US support for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia.


Newsline: Turkey’s Erdogan calls on world’s Muslims to stop embassy openings in Jerusalem

Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan on Friday called on the Muslim world to back Palestinians against what he said was Israel’s cruelty in Gaza, and castigated both the United States and the United Nations over the deaths of dozens of protesters. The Turkish president has been a vocal critic of Washington’s decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem — and of the violence that followed the embassy’s opening. Turkey declared three days of mourning after Israeli security forces killed dozens of Palestinian protesters on Monday. Addressing thousands of supporters waving Turkish and Palestinian flags in Istanbul’s Yenikapi neighborhood, Erdogan called for Muslim solidarity and said the United Nations had lost legitimacy for failing to stand up against Washington.


Newsline: Israeli ambassador exits Turkey as Gaza row mounts

Israel’s ambassador to Turkey on Wednesday left the country after being ordered out by Ankara in a growing crisis over the killing by Israeli fire of dozens of Palestinians on the Gaza border that threatens a reconciliation deal. Israeli ambassador Eitan Naeh departed for Tel Aviv via Istanbul airport under the full glare of the Turkish media, who appeared to have been specially invited to film his exit. Naeh has been told by Turkey to stay away for an unspecified period of time. Turkey had already withdrawn its Tel Aviv ambassador for consultations while Israel ordered the Turkish consul in Jerusalem to leave, also for an unspecified period of time. The Turkish foreign ministry on Wednesday also told the Israeli consul general in Istanbul to leave Turkey “for a period of time”, the foreign ministry said. The manner of Naeh’s departure angered the Israeli government, with the ambassador filmed going through an extra security check and then sitting alone at the gate. Israel’s foreign ministry on Wednesday summoned the Turkish charge d’affaires in Israel to its Jerusalem headquarters for a reprimand over what it called in a statement “inappropriate treatment” of the ambassador. The statement said that Naeh was subjected to “a stringent security check in the pre-arranged presence of the Turkish media.”


Newsline: Israel Expels Turkey Envoy After Ankara Ousts Israeli Ambassador Over Gaza Deaths

Israel expelled the Turkish consul in Jerusalem hours after the Israeli ambassador to Turkey was expelled on Tuesday over Monday’s violent demonstrations which claimed the lives of 60 Palestinians by Israeli gunfire in protests along the Gaza border. Israel’s official statement to Turkey on the expulsion of the Turkish consul, Husnu Gurcan Turkoglu, was identical to an earlier statement sent by Turkey to Israel to oust ambassador Eitan Naeh. Meanwhile, Belgium summoned the Israeli ambassador, Simona Frankel, to a meeting on Wednesday with a senior official of the Foreign Ministry as diplomatic fallout from Gaza deadly clashes continue. Belgium’s prime minister on Monday called for an international probe of the events in Gaza while linking the violence to the relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. The Irish government also summoned the Israeli ambassador, Zeev Boker, to express its shock and dismay over the Gaza deaths, the Irish Times reported Tuesday. Ireland has called for an independent UN investigation.


Newsline: Victims of Turkish Embassy brawl sue Turkey

Fifteen victims of last May’s brawl outside the Turkish embassy in Washington, D.C., filed a civil suit against the Turkish government, as well as two Americans and three Canadians involved in the skirmish, according to a press release. The victims, who were protesting Turkey’s treatment of ethnic Kurds when they were attacked by security forces working for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, accuse Turkey’s government as well as the five American and Canadians involved of “violations of international law and hate crimes, as well as assault, battery and false imprisonment.” The suit follows five other victims who filed a similar suit in early May, as reported by The Washington Post. Video of last year’s incident shows guards attacking the group of protesters, which according to the release included the elderly and children. Nineteen defendants, including 15 Turkish security officials were indicted on multiple charges last year. Nine protesters were sent to the hospital over their injuries. The two Americans named in the lawsuit, Sinan Narin and Eyup Yildirim of Virginia and New Jersey, respectively, were among the nineteen defendants last year and both plead guilty to assault.