Türkiye halts all trade with Israel over military actions in Gaza

Türkiye has stopped all trade activity with Israel over violence against Palestinians in Gaza, the Trade Ministry said on May 2.

"Exports and imports to and from Israel have been suspended," the trade ministry said in a statement, adding: "Türkiye will apply these new measures... until the Israeli government authorizes an uninterrupted flow of humanitarian aid to Gaza."

The ministry said necessary efforts are being coordinated between the Turkish Trade Ministry and the Palestinian Ministry of National Economy to ensure that the Palestinians "who are forced to live under occupation" are not affected by these restrictions.

"The Republic of Türkiye will continue to support the deserving cause of our Palestinian brothers and sisters, as it has done until today," it added.

The move is one of the latest incidents degrading relations after Türkiye restricted exports to the country in April.

Türkiye announced Wednesday that it would join South Africa's genocide case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Türkiye is among the harshest critics of Israel's military actions, with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan branding Israel a "terrorist state," repeatedly calling for an immediate cease-fire, and accusing it of committing genocide in its military campaign in the Palestinian enclave.

The Gaza Strip is suffering a humanitarian crisis caused by Israel's war against Hamas that has been raging since Oct. 7, with the United Nations and aid agencies warning of an impending famine.

The war started with Hamas's Oct. 7 attack on Israel, which resulted in the deaths of 1,170 people, mostly civilians, according to Israeli official figures.

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