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Israel extends detention of Turkey national

June 29, 2018 at 11:25 am

Ebru Ozkan, a Turkish national who was arrested by Israeli forces [Twitter]

An Israeli military court yesterday extended the detention of a Turkish national following her arrest on 11 June at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport while she was on her way back to Turkey.

Lawyer Omar Khamaysa, told the Anadolu Agency that the Israeli Ofer Military Court in the occupied West Bank rejected a request for his client, Ebru Ozkan, to be released.

Khamaysa said Ozkan filed a complaint to the Ofer court during her hearing last Tuesday against the investigation team who interrogated her.

He added that he recently met with Ozkan, who remains in “high spirits” despite her detention. “She [Ozkan] has not been subjected to any physical torture while in custody,” the lawyer stressed.

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Ozkan was arrested on charges of “threatening Israeli security and having links with terrorist groups,” she denies the allegations. She will not be detained until Sunday.

This is not the first time that a Turkish citizen has been detained by Israeli authorities. In January, Osman Hazir, 46, was arrested for taking a selfie at Al-Aqsa Mosque while holding a Turkish flag.