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Turkish President receives Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh in Istanbul

Turkish President received Hamas Political Bureau Chief Ismail Haniyeh in Istanbul to have a discussion on Israel’s attacks on besieged Gaza.

The leaders discussed measures for ensuring adequate delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza, and to achieve a lasting peace process in the region.

President Erdogan stressed that Ankara is tirelessly continuing diplomatic efforts to draw international attention to the oppression of the Palestinians, and emphasizes the need for an immediate and permanent ceasefire at every opportunity.

He emphasized that such events should not distract the international community from the atrocities Israel continues to inflict in Gaza.

He stated that Türkiye is making all efforts to establish an independent State of Palestine, which is the key to permanent regional peace. Erdogan also vowed that Israel will have to pay the price for its oppressive and genocidal acts.

With more than 45 thousand tons of aid shipped to the region to date, Türkiye is the leading humanitarian assistance provider to Gaza.

The country has also implemented several sanctions against Israel, including restrictions on trade.

Meanwhile,

Türkiye maintains its role as a leading provider of humanitarian aid to people in Gaza.

Turkish President stated this on Tuesday while pointing to the dispatch of ninth vessel carrying 3,774 tonnes of relief materials to the Palestinian enclave.

Speaking in Ankara on Tuesday, Erdogan emphasised that Türkiye had been allowing no exports to Israel that could be used for military purposes long before the current military offensive on Gaza began in October last year.

He highlighted Türkiye’s role as a stable actor amidst global turmoil, attributing this to its balanced foreign policy and achievements in the defence industry, according to the TRT.com

“Adding fuel to the fire and continually spoiling the Netanyahu administration will not do anyone any good,” Turkish President Erdogan said in his remarks at the presidential complex. He said that new tensions could be expected in the region until the “oppression and genocide” in Gaza ends.

Israel has waged a military offensive on Gaza since a cross-border attack by Hamas last October, which killed nearly 1,200 people.

More than 33,800 Palestinians have since been killed and 76,600 others injured amid mass destruction and shortages of necessities.

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