World Bulletin / News Desk
Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Thursday called on Palestinians to perform absentee funeral prayers for scores of workers killed in a Tuesday mine blast in western Turkey.
"I call on people who will pray on Friday at Palestinian mosques to perform absentee prayers for the victims of the Turkish mine blast," Haniyeh said at a graduation ceremony at Gaza's police academy.
Around 283 Turkish miners were declared dead from Tuesday's blast at the Soma coal mine in western Turkey – the country's worst-ever mining accident.
Absentee funeral prayers can be performed by Muslims for their coreligionists who die in other places. Muslims congregate in mosques every week to perform weekly Friday prayers.
Haniyeh said he had called Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday, adding that the latter had expressed hope that Palestinians would pray for the accident's victims.
On Wednesday, Haniyeh offered his condolences to Erdogan and the Turkish people for the death of the mine workers.
Abbas condoles with Erdogan on mine fire deaths
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday phoned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to offer his condolences over the death of over 280 workers in a Tuesday mine explosion and subsequent fire in western Manisa province.
During the conversation, Abbas expressed his deepest sorrow and heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims in this tragic accident, and wished a speedy recovery to those injured, state-run Wafa news agency reported.
At least 283 miners were killed in the Tuesday blast, according to latest official reports.
On Wednesday, Turkey declared three days of national mourning – during which flags will be flown at half-mast and parliament will be closed – for victims of what is being described as the worst mining accident in the country's history.Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Mayıs 2014, 11:18