A United Nations Human Rights Council investigation into a raid by Israeli troops on an aid flotilla bound for Gaza has found the actions broke international law. The report condemns Israeli actions - which left nine dead – as “disproportionate”, while also outlining “an unacceptable level of brutality”.
The number of Israeli visitors taking trips to Turkey has fallen sharply following a deadly Israeli raid on Gaza-bound aid ships which shattered bilateral ties in May. However, Turkey is seeking to portray the trend as a victory, with Muslim visitors from across the Middle East offsetting the falls.
Officials in Israel have confirmed at least five rockets were fired toward the southern beach resort of Eilat earlier this morning. While no casualties in Israel were reported, as many as five people were injured in the Jordanian port of Aqaba.
Muslim holidaymakers are being urged to visit Turkey this summer in an attempt to offset the impact of a boycott by Israeli visitors. Turkish tourism officials fear the fallout from May’s Gaza flotilla raid may cost the tourism sector some US$400 million.
Dubai is set to further tighten entry criteria for Israeli citizens looking to visit the country; with those holding dual nationality likely to be added to the list of those barred from entry.
Breaking Travel News interviews Shaul Zemach, Director General, Ministry of Tourism, talks about Israel’s burgeoning tourism industry
Breaking Travel News interview Shaul Zemach, Director General, Israel Ministry of Tourism, discusses Israel’s ambitious plans to double visitor numbers into the region in the next five years as it rebrands itself as a key tourist destination.