Cyprus Mail
Middle EastTurkeyWorld

Erdogan calls Netanyahu “terrorist” as insults fly after Gaza deaths

File photo:Turkish President Erdogan

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu a “terrorist” on Sunday, escalating an exchange of insults that started after he criticised Israel’s lethal military response to a demonstration on the Gazan border.

Israel has defended the killing of 15 Palestinians during Friday’s demonstration and Netanyahu tweeted that the Israeli army “will not be lectured by those who have indiscriminately bombed civilian populations for years”, referring to Turkey.

Erdogan told supporters on Sunday: “We don’t have the shame of invading on us, Netanyahu. You are an invader and right now are present in those lands as an invader. At the same time, you are a terrorist.”

In another speech he said: “You are a terrorist state. It is known what you have done in Gaza and what you have done in Jerusalem. You have no one that likes you in the world.”

Israel’s defence minister has rejected calls for an inquiry into Friday’s events.

Hamas, the dominant Palestinian group in Gaza, said five of the dead were members of its armed wing. Israel said eight of the 15 belonged to Hamas, designated a terrorist group by Israel and the West, and two others came from other militant factions.

Related Posts

UK’s Truss says energy firm profit is not evil as bill forecasts soar

Reuters News Service

English regions brace for drought as water restrictions tighten

Reuters News Service

Egypt to ration electricity to boost gas exports

Reuters News Service

Turkish cenbank’s net FX reserves jump to $11.81 bln

Reuters News Service

Dry weather grounds vessels in Germany as Rhine’s water levels drop further

Reuters News Service

Bank agrees to process Russian oil transit payment to central Europe

Reuters News Service

39 comments

Comments are closed.