Israel orders 800 Turkish workers to abandon country

A total of 800 Turkish workers employed in Israel by a Turkish firm are having tough days as Israel urged them to leave the country by the end of this month.

Israel orders 800 Turkish workers to abandon country

A total of 800 Turkish workers employed in Israel by a Turkish firm are having tough days as Israel urged them to leave the country by the end of this month.

Israeli call came after a disagreement between Turkish and Israeli governments who have not renewed a part of an offset agreement for modernization of Turkish tanks. This part involves Turkish construction firm Yilmazlar.

Israeli authorities sent a notice to Yilmazlar on January 4 and urged its 800 workers, who have been working in Israel since 2002, to leave the country by January 31.

Yilmazlar, operating in Israel for more than 15 years, said it informed Turkish government about their ordeal and called on Turkish government to deal with the problem.

"Thousands of Israeli firms are operating in Turkey without facing any problems. We expect Turkish government to step in," Yilmazlar said in a statement on Thursday.

Yilmazlar is carrying out several construction projects in Israel, including two hospital buildings, a shopping mall which will be the largest in the Middle East, a skyscraper, a bridge and thousands of homes. Total size of these projects is worth hundreds of millions of USD.

Ahmet Arik, top executive of Yilmazlar in Israel, said the company could face multi-million compensation in case of a suspension of projects when its workers are forced to leave Israel.

Yilmazlar is one of the top three construction firms in Israel. Total size of its operations in Israel over the past 15 years is worth more than 1.5 billion USD.


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