ISTANBUL (AA) – The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyi, talked by phone about the developments in the Middle East, reports Anadolu.
A statement from Turkey’s Communications Directorate stated that the two leaders discussed the war between Russia and Ukraine, the conflict between Israel and Palestine, and the humanitarian crisis in the region.
Erdogan stressed that it is possible to resolve conflicts in the region, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, by peaceful means.
He said that Turkiye will continue to make efforts to achieve that.
The conflict in Gaza, which has been under Israeli bombardment and siege since October 7, began when Hamas launched Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, a surprise attack with a series of rocket launches and infiltration into Israel by land, sea and air. Hamas said the operation was in retaliation for the raids on the al-Aqsa mosque and increased violence by Jewish settlers against Palestinians.
The Israeli military then launched Operation Iron Swords against Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip. This operation took on the dimensions of indiscriminate bombing of civilian settlements, residential buildings, mosques, churches, and hospitals.
In the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, 4,385 people died, officials of the Ministry of Health of Palestine announced today.
The ministry said that among those killed in the Israeli attacks, 1,756 were children.
Over 1,400 people died in the attacks on Israel.
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