Despite Turkey’s Israel trade ban, Ankara has authorized some exports — reports

Despite Turkey’s decision announced last week to halt all exports and imports to Israel over the war against Hamas in Gaza, Ankara has temporarily authorized the renewed supply of construction materials to the Jewish state, the Globes business news site reports.

Citing unnamed Israeli and Turkish officials familiar with the matter, the report says Turkey’s Trade Ministry has sent letters announcing the decision to local factories that had worked with Israel before the export ban.

Other outlets later report similar details, with Channel 12 saying the renewed exports are for a period of three months.

The renewed permits are temporary and have only been granted to factories that previously worked with Israel, the report says, adding that senior Turkish trade officials met Trade Ministry officials yesterday and complained about the export ban.

Globes also says, without citing a source, that the Foreign Ministry and the Economy Ministry are working to end Israel’s dependence on Turkish imports in the long term, and that efforts are being made to strengthen ties with Greek and Cypriot suppliers.

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