Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a rare call on Israeli civilians to rise up and voice opposition to what he called Israel's "massacre" of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, after 26 Palestinians were reportedly killed during a long weekend of violence between Gaza and Israel.
Speaking to his ruling AK Party on Sunday, the Turkish prime minister called on Israeli civilians directly, as those that are "children of the Holocaust," to oppose IDF operations in the Gaza Strip. "Turkey will continue to stand by the Palestinians, who have been suffering injustice for years now," Erdogan said.
He called IDF operations part of a wider campaign of "genocide" against the Palestinian people, which Israel has "systematically" carried out throughout the 20th century.
At least 26 Gazans were killed and dozens wounded since last Friday, when Israel assassinated a Palestinian terrorist leader in the Strip, sparking an escalation in violence unseen since October of last year. Palestinians began firing rocket salvos at Israel on Friday, to which the IDF responded by bombing launching pads and weapons storehouses, many of which are located in densely populated areas in the Strip.
Erdogan labeled the IDF's reaction to Palestinian rocket fire "terrorism," and called on Israelis to "demand the cessation of acts of terrorism against the Palestinians," according to Channel 2 news. Read the full story here