Turkey’s Erdogan speaks over phone with Palestinian president, Hamas chief

Turkey’s Erdogan speaks over phone with Palestinian president, Hamas chief

Turkey to continue to support Palestinian cause, stand with Palestinian brothers, protect honor of Jerusalem, says Erdogan

News Service AA

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh separately over the phone.

In a statement by the Turkish Communications Directorate, they discussed Israeli attacks on Palestinians and Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Erdogan said he strongly condemns the attacks which hurt the consciousness of all humanity, not just Muslims, and the persecution of Palestinians.

He said Turkey will do everything in its power to mobilize the whole world, especially the Islamic world, to stop Israeli terrorism and occupation.

Turkey will continue to support the Palestinian cause, stand with its Palestinian brothers and protect the honor of Jerusalem, he added.

At least 305 people were injured as Israeli police on Monday stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem and attacked Palestinians who were on guard to prevent possible raids by extremist Jews.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is the world's third-holiest site for Muslims. Jews call the area the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa is located, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. It annexed the entire city in 1980, in a move never recognized by the international community.

* Writing by Ahmet Gencturk


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