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Türkiye halts trade activities with Israel amid relentless violence against Palestinians

Türkiye suspends trade with Israel amid

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Turkey has stopped all trade activities with Israel due to the latter’s “incessant violence” against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, the Turkish Trade Ministry said.

The move follows Turkey’s imposition of restrictions on a range of exports to Israel since last month, which Ankara said on Thursday would remain in force until a ceasefire is reached in Gaza.

In a statement, the Ministry recalled that Ankara previously restricted the export of 54 groups of products to Israel in April because the “massacre, humanitarian catastrophe and physical destruction caused by Israel” continued, and the Israeli government “ignored” international efforts. ceasefire and blocked humanitarian aid, the Xinhua news agency reported.

“It is noted that the Israeli government continues its aggressive behavior and the humanitarian tragedy in Palestine worsens,” the ministry said.

“In this regard, the second phase of the measures taken at the state level has begun and export and import transactions with Israel have been suspended for all products,” the statement said.

Turkey will strictly and decisively implement these new measures until the Israeli government allows the uninterrupted and sufficient flow of humanitarian aid to Gaza, he added.

On the other hand, the Turkish Ministry of Commerce is coordinating with the Palestinian authorities to ensure that Palestinians “who are forced to live under occupation” are not affected by these restrictions, the Ministry said.

According to the Turkish Statistical Institute, trade between the two countries amounted to $6.8 billion in 2023, with Turkish exports accounting for 76 percent of the total.

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