OIC to meet in Istanbul Friday to mull Israel violence

The President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at Chatham House in central London

Israel ordered the Turkish consul in Jerusalem to leave for an unspecified period of time today, the foreign ministry said, after Turkey demanded the same of the Israeli ambassador in Ankara over violence on the Gaza border.

Turkey has been among the most vocal critics of the Israeli use of deadly force against protesters at the Gaza border and of the US decision to open its new embassy in Jerusalem.

According to an OIC statement, the summit is being convened at the invitation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The government declared three days of mourning.

On Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned Naeh to tell him it would be "appropriate" for him to return to his country "for a while". Turkey was once Israel's closest military and diplomatic ally in the Middle East but ties began to deteriorate when Ankara criticised Israel's December 2008 to January 2009 offensive against Gaza.

"Erdogan is one of the biggest supporters of Hamas, so there's no doubt he's an expert on terror and slaughter", Netanyahu said in a Hebrew-language Twitter post.

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Thousands of Palestinians had gathered on Gaza Strip's eastern border Monday to take part in protests aimed to commemorate the Nakba anniversary and protest the relocation of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

On Wednesday, Israel protested what it called Turkey's "unbecoming treatment" of its expelled ambassador, after the envoy was shown on Turkish media being patted down by airport security in Istanbul in public view.

"Islamic countries should without fail review their relations with Israel", Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told his ruling party in parliament.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has strongly condemned the Israeli aggression against Palestinian civilians, which led to the martyrdom of more than 52 and the injuries to about 2,000 people during peaceful protests.

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