Erdogan “sharply condemns” recent attacks against Israelis

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has “sharply condemned” recent attacks against Israelis in a phone conversation with his Israeli counterpart Isaac Herzog, according to the Israeli President’s Office.

Herzog thanked Erdogan for his “important remarks,” read a statement released by the president’s office.

“Both presidents emphasized that on the eve of the holidays of Ramadan, Passover and Easter, there is a need for action to maintain calm in the whole region,” the statement noted.

Relations between Israel and Turkey have recently improved after years of tension. Last month Herzog made a historic visit to Turkey and was hosted by Erdogan in the capital Ankara. It was the first such trip of an Israeli president since 2008.

Israel is on high alert after three deadly attacks against Israelis in the country in the past 10 days. The three attacks respectively took place in the southern city of Beersheba, in the northern city of Hadera, and in the central city of Bnei Brak. ■

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