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Passengers body searched as Israeli-Turkish tension rises

Passengers body searched as Israeli-Turkish tension rises

Airport incidents follow UN flotilla report; Business travellers between two countries feel the heat as Israeli-Turkish relations decline.

September 6, 2011 11:26 by

… “as if we were terrorists”.

Asked about the report, a spokesman for Israel Airports Authority gave no details about the alleged incident, saying only: “Ben-Gurion security operates in accordance with security requirements and under the guidance of professional authorities.”

Tourism between Israel and Turkey has declined as political tensions have risen.

In the first five months of 2011, only 30,000 Israeli tourists visited Turkey compared with 72,500 during the same period in 2010. The number of Turkish visitors to Israel fell slightly over the same periods, from around 6,900 to 6,600. (By Jeffrey Heller; Additional reporting by Ankara bureau; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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