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Israeli couple detained in Turkey appeals to Lapid for assistance

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a media conference at the G20 summit in Rome, on October 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a media conference at the G20 summit in Rome, on October 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

An Israeli couple detained in Turkey is appealing to Foreign Minister Yair Lapid for assistance in getting out of the country, reports Channel 12 news.

The pair were arrested this week after taking a photo of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s home during a birthday trip to the country.

The woman filmed Erdogan’s home, likely not knowing it was illegal, and sent the photo in a family WhatsApp group with the caption: “Such a nice house.” Their family members only realized what happened when they did not return home as scheduled.

The couple is reportedly slated to appear before a court in Turkey tomorrow.

“It was an innocent act done in good faith, as a tourist act, and not as a ‘criminal’ act that justifies such an abusive act of detention,” writes the couple’s lawyer in a letter to Lapid.

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