Turkey declares 3 days of mourning over Gaza violence
The Turkish president on Monday condemned the developents in Gaza describing Israeli violence against Palestinian protests as a “genocide”, APA rpeorts quoting Anadolu Agency.
At least 55 Palestinian demonstrators have been killed Monday -- and hundreds more injured -- by Israeli army forces deployed along the Gaza border, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.
“Israel is a terrorist state,” said Erdogan, speaking to scholarship students in London. “We will continue to stand with Palestinian people with determination.”
“We will not allow today to be the day Muslim world loses Jerusalem,” he said.
The Turkish president added that a “big rally” would be held in Istanbul on Friday over the violence in Gaza.
President Erdogan also said that the Turkish Red Crescent would deliver humanitarian aid to hospitals in Gaza.
Earlier on Monday Turkey recalled ambassadors in Tel Aviv and Washington for consultations, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said.
The Turkish government has declared three days of mourning in solidarity with Palestine, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag announced on Monday evening, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.
Bozdag, who made the announcement after a Council of Ministers meeting in Ankara, said the United States had "violated" UN Security Council resolutions by opening its embassy in Jerusalem on Monday.
"Today will go down in the history as Bloody Monday for Muslims and Islamic countries," Bozdag said.
He also said Turkey had called for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, to be held on Friday.
"Jerusalem's historic and spiritual status will never change. As it was before, Jerusalem will continue to be independent Palestine's capital," he said.
Bozdag also said the Turkish government had recalled envoys in Tel Aviv and Washington for consultations.
At least 55 Palestinians were killed by Israeli army gunfire on Monday -- and thousands more injured -- during anti-occupation rallies along the Gaza Strip’s eastern border, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.
Thousands of Palestinians gathered on the Gaza Strip’s eastern border since early Monday morning to take part in protests aimed to commemorate the Nakba anniversary and protest the relocation of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
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