Turks protest Israeli volleyball team

Demonstrators hold posters of activist killed during flotilla raid.

July 24, 2010 21:24
Pro-Palestinian Turks demonstrate at a security line before clashes with riot police as Israeli voll

Turkey protests. (photo credit: Associated Press)


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ANKARA, Turkey — Dozens of protesters scuffled with police near the venue where Israel was playing Serbia in a volleyball tournament on Saturday.

The protesters were carrying posters of Furkan Dogan, the youngest of nine pro-Palestinian activists killed in Israel's May 31 raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

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Some protesters pounded police shields with Palestinian flags before the game Saturday.

Turkey increased security for the Israeli team which was in Ankara for a women's European Volleyball League tournament. The game has been closed to spectators.

In February, an Israeli basketball team was pelted with bottles and forced to flee the court.

The protests come after The Prime Minister’s Office Counter-Terrorism Bureau last week lifted a travel advisory which recommended that Israelis refrain from visiting Turkey.

The advisory was issued after fears that Israelis would be the victims of negative reactions to the botched raid on the Turkish flotilla.

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