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5 Turks detained in Istanbul while protesting Israeli strikes in Gaza

Aug. 22, 2016 4:54 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 22, 2016 8:12 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Turkish police detained at least five Turkish protesters who attempted to break into the Israeli consulate in Istanbul during a protest on Monday against a recent Israeli attack on the besieged Gaza Strip.

According to Turkish state news agency Anadolu, consulate security guards prevented the protesters from entering the premises, before Turkish police detained them at the scene.

The demonstrators were denouncing Israeli military air raids into the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday which injured at least five Palestinians, after a rocket fired from Gaza fell inside the southern Israeli city of Sderot, causing no injuries or material damage.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned the Israel’s “hostile attitude” on Monday, saying in a statement that the aerial offensives were “not acceptable regardless of their grounds,” Anadolu reported.

The ministry further added that Turkey’s recent resumption of diplomatic ties with Israel did "not mean that we will keep silent in the face of attacks against the Palestinian people."

Turkey and Israel signed an agreement in June to normalize diplomatic relations between the two nations -- which was approved in Turkey's parliament on Saturday -- ending a six-year standoff sparked by the 2010 Israeli attack on a Turkish aid ship attempting to lift the siege on the Gaza Strip which resulted in the death of ten Turkish activists.
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