Turkey accuses Israel of ‘terror’ after Palestinian clashes in Al-Aqsa By Reuters
ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey has criticized Israel and accused it of unleashing “terror” on Palestinians after Israeli police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades at young Palestinians throwing stones in the area. Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Friday evening.
The clashes at Islam’s third holiest site and around East Jerusalem, which injured 205 Palestinians and 17 police officers, came amid growing anger over the potential eviction of Palestinians from their homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers.
As the clashes erupted, several Turkish officials criticized Israel and called on other countries to voice their condemnation, while a foreign ministry statement urged Israel to “immediately end its provocative and hostile stance and act with reason “.
“Shame on Israel and those who remain silent in the face of shameful attacks,” Turkish President Ibrahim Kalin’s spokesman said on Twitter on Friday.
“We call on everyone to stand up against the policies of occupation and aggression of this apartheid state,” he said.
Turkey’s communications director, Fahrettin Altun, told state television that Israel is violating human rights and “will pay the price,” with opposition parties echoing the government’s condemnation in a rare sign of unity.
“Attacking innocent people while praying is clearly terror,” Altun said. “We see that these attacks on Palestinians are contrary to the most basic human rights.”
Former allies Turkey and Israel have experienced a bitter falling out in recent years despite strong trade ties, mutually expelling ambassadors in 2018.
Ankara has repeatedly condemned the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and its treatment of the Palestinians, calling the issue a “red line”.
Turkey last month also condemned what it called Israel’s “systematic attempt to expel Palestinians”, referring to the long-standing legal case that Israel’s Supreme Court will hold a hearing Monday.
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