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Hamas fears warming in Turkey-Israel ties

Turkey has asked some Hamas members to leave Turkey and prevented others from entering the country.
People demonstrate outside the Israeli Consulate against Israel's airstrikes launched on the Gaza Strip, killing at least 20 people, Istanbul, Turkey, May 10, 2021.
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Israel’s Israel Hayom daily reported April 26 that in February and March Turkey has requested dozens of Hamas activists to leave its territories, while preventing others from entering the country. The alleged request coincides with the rapprochement between Ankara and Tel Aviv.

The newspaper quoted an unnamed Palestinian source as saying, “The change in Turkish policy appears to be the result of great pressure on Ankara at the economic level, amid the faltering Turkish economy and the collapse of the national currency, which caused prices to soar and Turkish purchasing power to tank. This prompted Ankara to shift positions in international and regional relations, which may affect Hamas’ presence in Turkey."

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