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Israeli diplomats granted right to visit couple held in Turkish prison

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Mordy and Natali Oknin were arrested in Turkey for photographing Erdogan's palace, November 2021. (Screenshot)
Mordy and Natali Oknin were arrested in Turkey for photographing Erdogan's palace, November 2021. (Screenshot)

Israeli diplomats will be allowed to make a consular visit to Natali and Mordy Oknin, the Israeli couple held in Turkish custody for photographing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s palace in Istanbul.

The Foreign Ministry says that the embassy in Ankara and the consulate in Istanbul are working to find the earliest possible time for the visit.

Israel has firmly and formally rejected the allegation that the couple, both of whom are Egged bus drivers, are Israeli spies.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid says Israel is “working around the clock” to ensure the couple’s release, and asks MKs, ministers and Israeli media outlets to speak about the issue responsibly in order to ensure their safety.

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