Turkey key to Gaza ceasefire, says US State Dept.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu three times on Thursday.

Turkey key to Gaza ceasefire, says US State Dept.

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey can play a key role in arranging a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the U.S. State Department has said.

Deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf told journalists that Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu regularly as the intermediaries try to arrange an end to the bloodshed in Gaza.

She said: "The Turkish foreign minister is a key player in the region and has some leverage he can bring to bear on the situation. They have a relationship with Hamas. I mean, they can, you know, have conversations that we can’t."

Kerry and Davutoglu spoke three times on Thursday, Harf added. She declined to give details of the discussions.

"Turks have a role to play," Harf said in response to a question regarding Kerry's close consultation with Turkey.

The Turkish aid agency TIKA has sent $640,000 to Gaza to help keep the Palestinian enclave’s only power plant operating.

In a statement on Thursday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said: "The money will be used to buy fuel for Gaza's sole power plant, which provides electricity to hospitals and other vital institutions."

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