Meet­ings with Ha­mas will con­tinue: Turkey

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

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

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