Meetings with Hamas will continue: Turkey
in residential buildings and had deployed snipers and explosive devices to fend off pro-GNA forces. ISTANBUL —Turkey will continue to meet with Palestinian group Hamas in its efforts to promote a longlasting peace in the region, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday, adding the meetings were not an obstacle in the normalization of ties with Israel.
Turkey and Israel have said they are close to patching up a six-year-old political rift caused when Israeli commandoes killed 10 Turkish activists while storming the Mavi Marmara, a ship in a convoy seeking to break an Israeli naval blockade of the Palestinian territory of Gaza.
Turkey has demanded Israel apologize, pay compensation and lift the Gaza blockade. For Israel, limiting Hamas activity in Turkey has been key.—Agencies said they had killed “dozens” of militants in the past 24 hours.
At least 170 loyalist troops have An unknown number of militants have been killed in the city, which they overran in June.—Agencies