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Turkey Detains Six Israeli Fishermen; Releases Them on Bail

Six Israeli fishermen who were arrested at Iskenderun (Alexandretta) two weeks ago for alleged illegal fishing in Turkish waters were released on bail here, following their initial hearing on the charge. The incident occurred when two Israel fishing vessels were intercepted by Turkish coast guards. The Turks ordered both vessels to stop. One of them hurried away, but the other was stopped and the six sailors aboard were taken into custody.

Meanwhile, 24 students of the Hebrew University’s Faculty of Geography arrived here for a ten-day tour of the country, arranged by the Turkish Federation of University Students. The arrival of the students marked the first cultural interchange between the two countries in many months.