Turkey's PM says could 'unexpectedly' visit Gaza

When asked if he is planning to visit Gaza, Erdoğan said “I could go unexpectedly.”

Turkey's PM says could 'unexpectedly' visit Gaza

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said he could unexpectedly visit Gaza after Israel and Hamas secured an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire deal on Wednesday.

Erdoğan told reporters in plane en route to Ankara from Islamabad that he doesn't believe Hamas will violate the terms of the truce unless Israel resumes bombing.

When asked if he is planning to visit Gaza, Erdoğan said “I could go unexpectedly.”

The eight days of air strikes killed 161 Palestinians. Six Israelis were killed in fighting.

Erdoğan claimed that Turkey, Egypt and Qatar made the most effective diplomatic overtures in ending the eight-day fighting in Gaza and the states decided to conduct the diplomacy under the leadership of Egypt.

He added that these countries were making much effort to secure the truce but nothing could be done until US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Israel.

Erdoğan also criticized the position of US President Barack Obama, who backed Israel in its Gaza operation and blocked a Security Council resolution that condemned the violence in both sides of the conflicting parties.

Erdoğan said Ankara was expecting more fair approach in the case of the Israeli-Palestinian crisis and slammed the US administration for its inaction on Syria.

He added that Washington could not display a “serious position” on Syria as the 20-month long uprising in the country wrecked havoc many cities, destroyed infrastructure and left up to 40,000 people dead, mostly civilians.

Last Mod: 23 Kasım 2012, 16:07
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