Turkey stopped trade with Israel because of the war in Gaza

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Turkey has halted all import and export transactions with Israel in protest over the war in Gaza.
“All import and export transactions related to Israel, including all products, have been stopped,” Turkey’s trade ministry said in a statement Thursday.
Israel was among the top 20 destinations for Turkish exports, buying goods and services worth $5.4 billion.
According to Reuters, top Turkish exports to Israel are steel, vehicles, plastics, electrical devices and machinery.
Thursday’s measures by Turkey follow the introduction last month of restrictions on its exports to Israel after the Turkish foreign minister accused Israel of denying a request to airdrop aid to Gaza.
Turkey is one of the biggest donors of aid to Gaza, according to Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories.
Israeli attacks in Gaza have killed more than 34,600 Palestinians as of May 1, according to the territory’s Ministry of Health.
Hamas praised Turkey’s move to halt trade with Israel.

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In protest of the conflict in Gaza, Turkey has suspended all import and export activities with Israel.

The Turkish Trade Ministry issued a statement on Thursday stating, “All import and export transactions related to Israel, including all products, have been stopped.”. “Turkey will impose these new measures strictly and decisively until the Israeli government permits a sufficient and continuous flow of humanitarian aid to Gaza.”. “.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, according to a senior official in Israel’s government, is allegedly violating trade agreements “by blocking ports for Israeli imports and exports.”. “.

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz posted on X on Thursday, saying, “This is how a dictator behaves, disregarding the interests of the Turkish people and businessmen and ignoring international trade agreements.”.

According to official data, trade between Turkey and Israel was valued at $7 billion in the previous year. Israel ranked in the top 20 countries to which Turkey exported goods and services, with a total value of $5.44 billion. Top Turkish exports to Israel include steel, automobiles, plastics, electrical equipment, and machinery, according to Reuters.

In the meantime, $1.66 billion worth of goods were imported by Turkey from Israel.

Katz went on to say that he had given the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ director-general instructions to “work with all relevant government parties to create alternatives for trade with Turkey, focusing on local production and imports from other countries as soon as possible.”. “.

He predicted that “Israel will emerge with a strong and daring economy.”.

The Turkish foreign minister accused Israel of rejecting a request to airdrop aid to Gaza, leading to the introduction of export restrictions to Israel last month. This Thursday, Turkey took further action in response to that accusation.

The trade ministry said in a statement at the time that it had banned the export of 54 goods, many of which could be used for construction or military uses, and that it was condemning Israel’s actions for denying the people of Gaza access to “the most basic food, medical care, and supplies.”.

Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories claims that one of the main countries providing aid to Gaza is Turkey.

Israel launched a military assault on Gaza on October 7 after the militant group Hamas, which governs the territory, killed at least 1,200 people in Israel and abducted more than 250 others. The Israeli bombardment has reduced residential areas to rubble after more than 200 days of fighting, and starvation is a real danger.

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports that as of May 1, over 34,600 Palestinians had died as a result of Israeli attacks in the territory. According to the ministry, roughly seven out of ten of those slain were women and children. Because foreign media access is limited, CNN is unable to independently verify the numbers.

Turkey’s decision to stop trading with Israel was welcomed by Hamas.

“We are really grateful for the actions taken recently by the Republic of Turkey to assist our Palestinian people, who are victims of a horrendous genocide. Hamas issued a statement on Friday, citing among them the suspension of trade with the occupying force.

Reporting was contributed by Eyad Kourdi in Gaziantep, Turkey.

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