Israeli tourism to Turkey drops 90% for June

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August 5, 2010 18:17

 
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Israeli tourism to Turkey dropped 90 percent in June compared with the same period last year, according to a report on Turkey's Tourism and Culture Ministry website Thursday.

The report said only 2,600 Israelis visited Turkey in June, compared to just over 27,000 in June 2009.

Israel advised its citizens to avoid traveling to Turkey after a May 31 Israeli commando raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla sparked public outrage. The raid killed nine Turks and a Turkish-American.

The drop comes after 2009 saw a nearly 50% decrease in Israeli tourism to Turkey in the wake of Operation Cast Lead in Gaza.

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