Turkey condemns Israel over police raid of Temple Mount

Turkey's Foreign Ministry released a statement condemning a police raid of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Friday after worshipers began throwing stones and petrol bombs at police, according to a report in the Turkish daily Hurriyet. The statement read, “Israel has to avoid this sort of behavior, which can create tensions such as was seen in the past,” as quoted by the paper.
The statement went on to call for international condemnation of Israel stating, “We call on the international community to condemn Israel, who illegally occupies East Jerusalem, in order to prevent these sort of incidents from happening again.” The statement also said Turkey would continue defending Jerusalem.
This comes after comments at the end of February by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Zionism was a crime against humanity.
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