The Citizen (Gauteng)

Israel ‘cruel terrorist state’


Ankara – Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced Israel as a “cruel terrorist state” in a speech in Ankara on Saturday in which he referred to recent police clashes with Palestinia­ns in Jerusalem.

His comments came after more than 200 people were wounded when Israeli riot police clashed with Palestinia­ns at the al-Aqsa mosque compound on Friday.

This incident capped a week of unrest.

“Israel, the cruel terrorist state, attacks the Muslims in Jerusalem – whose only concern is to protect their homes ... and their sacred values – in a savage manner devoid of ethics,” he said.

The violence in Jerusalem was “an attack on all Muslims”, he said, adding that “protecting the honour of Jerusalem is a duty for every Muslim”.

He urged all countries, in particular Muslim countries, to react and called on the United Nations to “stop this persecutio­n”.

Earlier, Erdogan took to Twitter to condemn the violence.

“We strongly condemn the abominable attacks against the al-Aqsa mosque... which are unfortunat­ely carried out every Ramadan,” he wrote, referring to the Muslim month of fasting. “We will continue to be at the side of our Palestinia­n brothers and sisters in all circumstan­ces.” –

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