Israel Condemns Deadly Stadium Blast in Turkey

A Turkish emergency worker stand in front of a damaged bus on the site where a car bomb exploded near the stadium of football club Besiktas in central Istanbul on December 10, 2016. The car bomb exploded in the heart of Istanbul on late December 10, wounding around 20 police …
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ISTANBUL (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denounced Saturday’s deadly blasts in the Turkish city of Istanbul — and is calling on Turkey to publicly denounce any attacks against Israel.

Netanyahu said at his Cabinet meeting Sunday that “Israel condemns any terror in Turkey, and Israel expects Turkey to condemn any act of terror in Israel. The battle against terror must be mutual.”

Twin blasts in Istanbul on Saturday night killed 38 people and wounded 155 others near a soccer stadium.

Turkey and Israel sent new ambassadors to each other’s countries this month as part of a reconciliation deal to end six years of animosity. Relations imploded in 2010 after a confrontation between Israeli commandos and a Turkish flotilla trying to reach Gaza left 10 Turkish activists dead.

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