June 16
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Turkey has withdrawn an invitation to Israeli energy minister Yuval Steinitz to attend a conference on international diplomacy in June, Anadolu reported.

The invitation to the conference was the first since the break in relations between the countries in 2010. Turkey's decision to cancel the invitation came amid escalating violence in the Gaza Strip and Israel.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Israel a terrorist state after Israeli police used rubber bullets and flashbangs to disperse a Palestinian protest outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem last Friday.

Steinitz's participation would be the first visit of such a high level to Turkey by an Israeli official in many years.

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