Erdogan says Israel commits terrorist acts in Gaza

Published November 19th, 2012 - 12:59 GMT

The State of Israel is committing "terrorist acts" in the Gaza Strip, said Monday the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the sixth day of the Israeli offensive in the Palestinian enclave. "Those who equate Islam with terrorism condone mass murder of Muslims and turn their heads against the killing of children in Gaza," he said at the Eurasian Islamic Council conference in Istanbul. "For this reason I say that Israel is a terrorist state and that its acts are terrorist acts," said the head of the Turkish government.

Meanwhile, the leaders of the Palestinian movements of Fatah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the West Bank Monday called in Ramallah for unity and vowed to "end the division" in solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

"From Ramallah, we announce with leaders of other movements that we end the division," said Jibril Rajoub, a senior Fatah figure, the ruling party of the Palestinian Authority, before a thousand of demonstrators waving Palestinian national flag . "Whoever speaks of the division after today is a criminal," assured Mahmoud Al-Ramahi, a Hamas leader in the West Bank.

Many clashes with Israeli security forces have erupted in recent days in the cities of the West Bank and Palestinian neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem to denounce the Israeli offensive against armed groups in Gaza.

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