Palestine, Israel attacks on Gaza

Turkey condemns the new Israeli aggression against the Palestinians

Israel’s heavy bombardments of Gaza have left at least 43 Palestinians dead in just 3 days, including 15 children.

Turkey “firmly” condemned the new Israeli aggression against the Palestinians, including the attacks on the Gaza Strip that have caused dozens of deaths, as well as the “provocative” attempts by Jewish radicals to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

“In addition to the attacks launched by Israel on Gaza on August 5 that have resulted in the death of many civilians, including children, we received today the news that the Israeli MP Itamar Ben-Gvir together with fanatical Jewish groups entered the Mosque Al-Aqsa under the protection of the Israeli police,” said a statement issued yesterday by the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

The text referred to a group of hundreds of extremists and Israeli settlers who, according to informations, had entered the compound of the Al-Aqsa Mosque – the third holiest place for Muslims – through the Maghariba Gate or Gate of the Moors, escorted by the Israeli police and accompanied by the radical rabbi Yehuda Glick.

Ankara stresses that these “provocative acts” constitute a “clear violation” of the status quo at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which only contributes to raise tensions in the region. “We reiterate our call on the Israeli government not to allow such actions, which constitute an attack on the sanctity of Al-Haram Al-Sharif (the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, also called the Temple Mount by Jewish people),” the statement added.

A fragile ceasefire came into force last night that appears to have put an end to 3 days of fighting between the Israeli army and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group; but since Friday, heavy bombing of the Strip has left at least 43 Palestinians dead, including 15 children, and more than 300 wounded. Today the Israeli government announced the partial reopening of the crossings in Gaza to allow the entry of humanitarian aid to the Palestinian population of the Strip, whose only power plant had run out of fuel on Saturday.