Israel lifts warning over travel to Turkey

Israel has canceled a warning to its people to avoid traveling to Turkey, citing an end to stormy protests over Israel`s deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla.

Last Updated: Jul 21, 2010, 12:07 PM IST

Jerusalem: Israel has canceled a warning to
its people to avoid traveling to Turkey, citing an end to
stormy protests over Israel`s deadly raid on a Gaza-bound
flotilla.

The Israeli statement today said "in light of the calm in
Turkey and the absence of large-scale anti-Israeli
demonstrations," it was lifting its travel warning.

After the May 31 raid in which Israeli naval commandos
killed nine Turkish pro-Palestinian activists, Turkey`s
government harshly criticised Israel and withdrew its
ambassador, as demonstrations swept across the country.

Turkey had been a popular vacation spot for Israelis, but
tourism dropped significantly after the raid.

Lifting the travel warning is the first sign that
relations between Israel and Turkey, formerly close allies,
could be warming.

PTI