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Turkey’s Erdogan: Israel must stop its ‘massacre’ of Palestinians in Gaza

Turkish PM's comments came as Egypt mediates tense ceasefire between Israel, Gaza militants, and as Israel warns its citizens against travel to Turkey over imminent terror threat.


by Jack Khoury and Haaretz

March 13, 2012 | 2:45 pm

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on March 6. Photo by REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on March 6. Photo by REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan severely criticized Israel’s recent airstrikes against targets in the Gaza Strip, saying in a speech on Tuesday that the attacks represented a “massacre” of the coastal enclave’s residents.

Nearly 200 rockets have exploded in Israeli territory since the latest round of violence between Israel and Gaza broke out on Friday and until the Israel Defense Forces and Gaza militants agreed to cease fire that went into effect early Tuesday.

Responding to rocket fire, the Israel Air Force carried out 37 airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, 19 strikes targeted rocket-launchers and 18 targeted weapons warehouses in response to rocket attacks.

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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