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Turkey suspends all trade with Israel over its offensive in Gaja

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Earlier this week, Israel reopened the Erez Crossing into northern Gaza for aid lorries. (Photo: EPA)

Turkey has suspended all trade with Israel, citing the "worsening humanitarian tragedy" in the Gaza strip, BBC reported.

The Turkish trade ministry said the measures would continue until Israel allowed an "uninterrupted and sufficient flow" of aid into Gaza.

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

Reacting to the trade embargo, the Israel's foreign minister accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of acting like a "dictator".

Israel Katz said on X that Mr Erdogan was "disregarding the interests of the Turkish people and businessmen and ignoring international trade agreements".

Trade between the two countries was worth almost $7bn (£5.6bn) last year.

In 1949, Turkey was the first Muslim-majority country to recognize Israel. But relations have worsened in recent decades.

In 2010, Turkey broke off diplomatic ties with Israel after 10 pro-Palestinian Turkish activists were killed in clashes with Israeli commandos who boarded a Turkish-owned ship trying to break Israel's maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Relations were restored in 2016, but both countries expelled each other's top diplomats two years later in a dispute over Israel's killing of Palestinians amid protests on the Gaza-Israel border.

Israel launched a military campaign in Gaza to destroy Hamas in response to the group's attack on southern Israel on 7 October, during which about 1,200 people were killed and 253 others were taken hostage.

More than 34,500 people have been killed in Gaza since then, according to the territory's Hamas-run health ministry. (With inputs from BBC)



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