Erdogan: Israel is sowing terror in the middle East

  • Erdogan: Israel is sowing terror in the middle East

Erdogan: Israel is sowing terror in the middle East

Erdogan regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause and past year held a summit of Islamic countries to denounce US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Seven Palestinians were killed and more than 500 were injured on Monday as violence flared at five spots along the border, the Gazan health ministry said.

The Palestinian protests will be continued on Tuesday, too as the culmination of the "Nakba" commemoration is near.

In an interview with BBC Arabic on Sunday, Erdogan said that Israel is "sowing fear and pushing" the Middle Eastern "region to war".

"We will not allow today to be the day Muslim world loses Jerusalem", he said.

Erdoğan said Turkey will observe three days of mourning beginning on May 15 to show solidarity with Palestine and a "big rally" will be held on Friday in Istanbul and another on May 20 in Diyarbakır over the violence in Gaza.

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. Bozdag also said Turkey was calling an emergency meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Friday, but did not give details over its format.

"Jerusalem's historic and spiritual status will never change".

More than 50 Palestinians were martyred by Israeli army gunfire and thousands more were injured during anti-occupation rallies Monday along the Gaza Strip's eastern border, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. Various injuries received 2.4 thousand protesters.