Ankara, MINA – An Israeli diplomat on Wednesday confirmed reports that Turkey granted citizenship to a dozen members of the Palestinian Hamas group.
“Some are in the process, some have got (documents), but we are talking about a dozen,” said Roey Gilad, an official at the Israeli embassy in Turkey as quoted from the Times of Israel.
Gilad said Israel has proof of it. “We already have a document which we will submit to the government in a copy,” he said.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday met with a Hamas delegation, including the head of the political bureau Ismail Haniyeh and number two Saleh al-Arouri.
Earlier this month, The Telegraph reported that Turkey was in the process of granting citizenship to high-ranking Hamas members living in its territory. (T/RE1)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)