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Turkey: bird suspected of spying for Israel is cleared

A bird tagged with a metallic ring recently captured in a Turkish village is not spying for Israel, officials have determined.
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Two birds of prey, a red kite (L) and a kestrel, fight in mid-air on July 8, 2008, in Biblis near Darmstadt, Germany. (Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images)

A bird tagged with a metallic ring that was recently captured in a Turkish village in the eastern province of Elazığ is not spying for Israel, Turkish officials have determined.

Residents of Altınavya became concerned when they saw that the metallic ring was stamped with the words "24311 Tel Avivunia Israel,” the Dogan News Agency reported.

District officials sent the bird, a small kestrel, to Fırat University in Elazığ, where veterinary hospital personnel x-rayed it to make sure it was not carrying microchips or any other spy devices. The technicians – jokingly, we assume – labeled the x-rays, “Israeli spy.”

'The bird’s metal leg band was found to be nothing more than a tag used to track bird migrations.

Turkish officials said in a statement that they released the falsely accused bird back into the wild.

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