Thousands rally in Istanbul against Israel's al-Aksa mosque response

The rally in Istanbul, called "The Big Jerusalem Meeting" and organised by Turkey's Saadet Party, drew some five thousand people.

By REUTERS
July 31, 2017 12:07

THOUSANDS RALLY IN ISTANBUL AGAINST ISRAEL'S AL-AKSA MOSQUE MEASURES (REUTERS)

THOUSANDS RALLY IN ISTANBUL AGAINST ISRAEL'S AL-AKSA MOSQUE MEASURES (REUTERS)

 
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Thousands of people rallied in Turkey's largest city on Sunday against security measures Israel implemented and later removed at the al-Aksa mosque in Jerusalem.

The rally in Istanbul, called "The Big Jerusalem Meeting" and organised by Turkey's Saadet Party, drew some five thousand people to the Yenikapi parade ground on the southern edge of Istanbul.

Protesters who were brought in by buses and ferries from across the city, waved Turkish and Palestinian flags, and held up posters in front of a giant stage where the chairman of the Saadet party and representatives from NGOs addressed the crowd.

Turkey has opposed the security measures installed at the entry points of the mosque compound, with President Tayyip Erdogan warning Israel that it would suffer most from the dispute.

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