srael deported two of the three Turks who were briefly detained during demonstrations at al-Aqsa mosque last week after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Abdullah Kızılırmak and Mehmet Gargalı reportedly arrived in Istanbul late Monday.
An Israeli Interior Ministry spokeswoman said earlier on Monday that one of the men was scheduled for deportation later on Monday and another on Saturday.
Two of the Turkish citizens– Abdullah Kızılırmak and Mehmet Kargılı — were accused of “battering Israeli police and resistance.” Kızılırmak and Kargılı came to Jerusalem from Belgium and hold dual citizenship.
The third one — Adem Koç — was facing charges of “disturbing public order and attending an illegal demonstration.”
According to eyewitnesses, the Israeli police blocked the Turkish group, which also included children, from entering the Noble Sanctuary, or Haram al-Sharif— the third holiest site in Islam. Some in the group were wearing t-shirts with the Turkish flag and fezzes, traditional Ottoman hats.