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Turkish citizen arrested in Israel to return to Turkey

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Ebru Özkan, a Turkish citizen who was arrested in June near Tel Aviv, is returning to Turkey, the state-run Anadolu agency reported on Sunday, citing her lawyers.

Özkan was arrested on June 11 at Ben Gurion Airport as she was preparing to board a return flight to Turkey for alleged links to “terrorist groups.”

Lawyer Omar Khamaysa said Özkan, who was released pending trial on Wednesday, was given back her passport and that an international travel ban was lifted.

“She is going to arrive in Istanbul tonight,” he said.

He went on to say that her case in an Israeli military court would be closed, revealing no further details.

Özkan left HaSharon Prison near Netanya city accompanied by officials of Turkey’s embassy in Tel Aviv.

Özkan, 27, had appeared at a hearing earlier in the day at the Ofer military court in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

The court ruled to release Özkan on bail set at 15,000 Israeli shekels (roughly $4,110), taking her passport. In addition, she had to visit the nearest police station. Prosecutors lodged an objection, but it was dismissed by the court.

The indictment drafted by Israeli prosecutors accused Özkan of “helping and providing various services to Hamas, disturbing peace and bringing enemy money into Israel.”

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