Israel deports Turkish journalists, slaps 10 yr ban

Turkish journalist from group of nine held at airport says Israeli officials informed them of 10-year ban form entering country

Israel deports Turkish journalists, slaps 10 yr ban

World Bulletin / News Desk

 Israel has deported nine Turkish citizens, including journalists and activists, after holding them for over six hours at Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport on Thursday.

Ulke TV Editor-in-Chief Hasan Ozturk, Ozden Ayvaz and Huseyin Gunay from TRT News, Halime Kokce from Star newspaper, Memur-sen vice chairman Levent Uslu and four activists -- Kemal Ozdal, Durdane Ozdal, Fatih Bolcan and Sumeyra Bolcan -- were detained at the airport.

"We are under detention for six hours at the Ben Gurion Airport with a group of journalists and activists. They questioned us individually,” Kokce wrote on Twitter.

She said in another tweet that Israeli officials confiscated the group’s cell-phones and quizzed them on their WhatsApp conversations and contacts.

In a final tweet, Kokce said the group had been informed they were being deported, and had been banned from entering Israel for ten years.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Haziran 2015, 12:24