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Israeli diplomats visit couple detained in Turkey

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 today visited the Israeli couple being held on espionage suspicions for photographing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s palace in Istanbul last week.

The Foreign Ministry says Natali Oknin was visited by Israel’s consul in Istanbul, Ronen Levy, while the consul-general in Turkey, Udi Eitam, visited her husband Mordy. The diplomats gave the pair clothes and other supplies.

Levy and Eitam also meet with prison authorities to verify the Oknins are being given the appropriate accommodations in prison, according to the Foreign Ministry.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and ministry Director-General Alon Ushpiz update the Oknins’ family after the visit.

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