Türkiye refutes claims of weapon sales to Israel

Maria Novoselova / Vestnik Kavkaza

Türkiye has rejected allegations of defence-based cooperation with Israel.

The statement came after claims by some media outlets that Türkiye continues to export gunpowder, weapons and ammunition to Israel.

"It is not possible for the Republic of Türkiye, which has always supported Palestine, to carry out or engage in any activity that would harm Palestinians," the Turkish Defence Ministry said.

The ministry said it does not have any activities with Israel, "including military training, exercises and defence industry cooperation."

Separately, the Turkish Communications Directorate's Center for Countering Disinformation also rejected the reports.

"The products in the 93rd chapter of the alleged export list are not war weapons and ammunition but ungrooved rifle spare parts and accessories and fishing equipment used for individual purposes such as sports and hunting," it said on X.

According to data from the Turkish Statistical Institute, there have been no exports of rifles for sports and hunting purposes since May 2023, which already had low figures, it added.

"The products exported under the heading 'Gunpowder and explosives, pyrotechnic products, matches, pyrophoric alloys, combustible preparations' in the 36th chapter of the export list were 'gel fuel and lighter fluid. It has been determined that attempts were made to manipulate public opinion regarding the products included in the chapter headings of the Customs Tariff and exported by private companies," the statement reads.

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