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Turkey worried about Israeli cooperation with Kurdish PKK

Turkish flags fly at half mast during a day of national mourning after the terror attacks near the Vodafone Arena in Istanbul's Besiktas, Turkey on December 11, 2016 [Cem Öksüz / Anadolu Agency]
Turkish flag in Istanbul, Turkey [Cem Öksüz /Anadolu Agency]

Turkey is worried about the potential for Israel to back the Kurdish PKK militia in response to Ankara's alleged support for the military wing of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, Rai Al-Youm reported on Tuesday.

Informed sources said that a delegation from Israel's Mossad spy agency had met with Turkish intelligence officials to discuss security issues. The Mossad agents told their Turkish counterparts that Israel is ready to cooperate with the PKK should Ankara continue its support for the Hamas military wing.

According to Rai Al-Youm, this warning was passed to the Turks on the fringes of meetings and contacts on the ground to contain the issue of the Israelis who were detained in Turkey three months ago. Mossad said that the collaborators did not intend to carry out any activities on Turkish soil, but were collecting information about Hamas representatives.

Turkey refuted the claims of the Israeli delegation which is believed to be "lying and misleading" because Ankara had agreed with Hamas that the movement would not let its military leaders or members stay in the country. Rai Al-Youm said that Israel played the PKK card to put pressure on Turkey to stop its support for Hamas, even though the movement has never sought Turkish support for its military wing.

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