Türkiye suspends all trade with Israel amid Gaza crisis

As of Thursday, Turkey has ceased all exports and imports with Israel, a move announced by the Turkish Ministry of Commerce. The suspension covers all products and comes amid what Turkey describes as a “worsening humanitarian tragedy” in the Palestinian territories. This decision follows a series of escalating trade restrictions initiated by Turkey last month, prompted by Israel’s alleged refusal to allow Turkish participation in Gaza aid operations.

The Turkish Ministry of Commerce stated: “Export and import transactions related to Israel, covering all products, have been stopped.” The ministry further emphasized that Turkey “will strictly and decisively implement these new measures until the Israeli government allows an uninterrupted and sufficient flow of humanitarian aid to Gaza.”

The trade halt marks a significant escalation in tensions between the two nations, which reported trade volume of $6.8 billion in 2023. The move is part of an ongoing disagreement that escalated last month when Turkey accused Israel of prevent Ankara from carrying out air aid. launch operations in Gaza amid ongoing military operations.

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz responded by accusing Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan of violating international agreements. Katz took to social media platform He also mentioned that he has ordered Israel’s Foreign Ministry to explore alternatives for trade and focus on boosting local production and imports from other countries.