Israel urges 800 Turkish workers to leave country


A total of 800 Turkish workers employed in Israel by a Turkish firm
are having tough days as Israel urged them to leave the country by the
end of this month.

Israeli call came after a disagreement between Turkish and Israeli
governments who have not renewed a part of an offset agreement for
modernization of Turkish tanks. This part involves Turkish construction
firm Yılmazlar.

Israeli authorities sent a notice to Yılmazlar on January 4 and
urged its 800 workers, who have been working in Israel since 2002, to
leave the country by January 31.

Yılmazlar, operating in Israel for more than 15 years, said it
informed Turkish government about their ordeal and called on Turkish
government to deal with the problem.

“Thousands of Israeli firms are operating in Turkey without facing
any problems. We expect Turkish government to step in,” Yılmazlar said
in a statement on Thursday.

Yılmazlar is carrying out several construction projects in Israel,
including two hospital buildings, a shopping mall which will be the
largest in the Middle East, a skyscraper, a bridge and thousands of
homes. Total size of these projects is worth hundreds of millions of

Ahmet Arik, top executive of Yılmazlar in Israel, said the company
could face multi-million compensation… >>>

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