Israel deports Turkish journalists, activists after hours-long detention

ANADOLU AGENCY
ANKARA
Published 25.06.2015 23:30
Updated 25.06.2015 23:33
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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 Öztürk, Özden Ayvaz and Hüseyin Günay from TRT News, Halime Kökçe from Star newspaper, Memur-sen vice chairman Levent Uslu and four activists -- Kemal Özdal, Dürdane Özdal, Fatih Bolcan and Sümeyra 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.

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