Turkey stops all trade with Israel, Hamas steals Gaza aid

by ian

Turkey stopped all trade with Israel yesterday over a “worsening humanitarian tragedy” in Gaza.

The country’s trade ministry says it will strictly cut off all Israeli imports and exports until more humanitarian aid flows into the war-torn Palestinian territory. Israeli officials accuse Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan of breaking trade agreements, firing back, “This is how a dictator behaves.”

The countries traded nearly $7 billion worth of goods last year. Israel will now look to local production and other countries to fill that trade gap.

On the same day, the U.S. called on Israel to protect aid shipments. This comes after Israeli settlers attacked a shipment from Jordan. Authorities arrested three people involved in the attack, but the State Department says Hamas later stole that shipment following its arrival in Gaza.

Spokesperson Matthew Miller added that “this is the first widespread case of diversion” the US has seen.