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Jerusalem is duty of honor for humanity: President Erdogan

Turkey President Erdogan said that to stand against Israel’s aggression in Palestinian cities, Jerusalem is duty of honor for humanity.

“We are both saddened and furious at cruelty of terrorist state of Israel against Palestinians: ,” Turkish president added.

Turkey’s President Erdogan gave these remarks while addressing to Justice and Development (AK) Party on Eid al Fitr.

Days of deadly violence have seen Israeli soldiers massing on the edge of the territory, although the army stressed there had been no ground incursion despite an earlier statement that troops were carrying out an attack in Gaza.

Palestinian families grabbed their children and belongings and fled neighbourhoods on the northern outskirts of Gaza.

Six to seven families were seen riding on pickup trucks, fleeing their homes in Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahia on Friday as Israel unleashed heavy artillery fire ahead of a possible ground invasion.

“Some of the families will head to UNRWA facilities closer to the Israeli border which are seen as safer,” Nisar Sadawi, a journalist in Gaza, told TRT World. The UN refugee agency’s schools were also hit by Israeli strikes on May 11 and 12, causing extensive damage to the compounds and at least 29 classrooms.

Israel has bombarded Gaza with artillery and air strikes but stopped short of a ground offensive in the conflict that has now claimed 119 Palestinian lives including 31 children, and injured 830 people. 

As the violence intensified, Israel said it was carrying out an attack “in the Gaza Strip” although it later clarified there were no boots on the ground, blaming an “internal communication” problem for the confusion. 

Israeli artillery pounded northern Gaza early on Friday, bringing the front lines closer to dense civilian areas. 

In northern Gaza, Rafat Tanani, his pregnant wife and four children were killed after an Israeli warplane reduced the building to rubble, residents said. Sadallah Tanani, a relative, said the family was “wiped out from the population register” without warning.

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