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Israeli reporter detained on air in Turkey while covering couple held in custody

Channel 13 news reporter Ali Mograbi broadcasts from Istanbul before being detained by Turkish police on November 14, 2021. (Screen capture: Twitter)
Channel 13 news reporter Ali Mograbi broadcasts from Istanbul before being detained by Turkish police on November 14, 2021. (Screen capture: Twitter)

Israeli officials believe the coming 48 hours will be critical in seeking to secure the release of an Israeli couple detained in Turkey after photographing a presidential palace, according to television reports.

Channel 13 news says officials believe that if not the saga is not resolved in the next two days, the couple could remain in Turkish custody for years.

The network also reports that other Israelis have been snapping photos of the palace in Istanbul without incident. And a Turkish journalist tells Channel 12 that thousands of people would be facing espionage charges if taking pictures of the palace is considered to be an act of spying.

A separate report by Channel 12 news quotes unnamed diplomatic officials saying they have been unable to get a response from Turkey on the matter.

Earlier, a Channel 13 news reporter was detained while broadcasting live from Turkey. The reporter, Ali Mograbi, was later released.

Mograbi says it was noticeable that policemen were tailing him all day.

When he started a live broadcast in the street they came and told him to stop. They then took him and made sure he deleted all the photos he had taken before releasing him and telling him not to leave the hotel, he says.

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