Turkey in talks to provide Gaza with aid corridor

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu spoke with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas over a possible air corridor to provide humanitarian aid to Gaza.

Turkey in talks to provide Gaza with aid corridor

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey is in talks with Israel and Egypt about establishing an air corridor to provide humanitarian aid to Gaza and evacuate potentially thousands of injured Palestinians for treatment in Turkey, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday.

"Yesterday I spoke with (Palestinian) President Abbas and we want to get the injured people, thousands of them. They need urgent medical therapy, and we have already allocated places in our hospitals for them," Davutoglu told Reuters in an interview.

"We are talking with both Egypt and Israel to have an air bridge to send humanitarian assistance ... If permission is given, our air ambulances will be carrying these passengers."

Turkey welcomed Egypt's proposal of a 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza that came into effect at 08:00 local time on Tuesday, with the Turkish Foreign Ministry saying "We wish that this truce will form the required basis for negotiations to reach a lasting ceasefire in Gaza," a statement.

"It should be understood that a lasting ceasefire in the region will only be possible with the lifting of the blockade in Gaza," it added.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also said on his offical twitter account that he was pleased that the ceasefire was reinstated.

Davutoglu said that he talked to Hamas leader Khaled Mashal on the phone and was informed that the ceasefire was being implemented.

Israel had pounded the blockaded Gaza Strip – home to 1.8 million people – since July 7.

At least 1867 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed and 9450 have been wounded in the unrelenting Israeli attacks.

The Israeli army, for its part, confirmed the killing of 64 troops in Gaza combat operations.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Ağustos 2014, 17:53