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Turkey threatens Israel with 'serious consequences' if it targets Hamas on territory

The rare public warning by Turkish intelligence came after the country's president shrugged Washington’s push to curb Hamas' fundraising activities in Turkey.
Israeli security forces and onlookers gather in front of a car wash, where five Arab Israelis were shot dead, in the village of Yafia, west of Nazareth, on June 8, 2023.

ANKARA — Turkey warned Israel on Monday over Shin Bet chief Ronen Bar’s remarks on hunting Hamas’ members in Turkey. 

Earlier Monday, Israeli public broadcaster Kan played a recording in which Bar is heard saying Israel would hunt down Hamas’ leaders wherever they are.

“The cabinet has set us a goal. In street words, it is to eliminate Hamas, and we are determined to do it,” Bar is heard saying in the recording. “In Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon, Turkey and Qatar. Everywhere," he adds.

In response to the report, Turkey warned the Israeli side that any attempt to carry out an illegal operation on its territory would have “serious consequences,” state-run Anadolu reported, citing unnamed intelligence sources. “No service will be allowed to carry out such operations," the sources were quoted as saying by Anadolu.

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