Erdogan and Abbas discuss violence in Gaza

Erdogan and Abbas discuss violence in Gaza

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas by phone yesterday evening, a presidential source said.

According to the source, the two leaders exchanged views on the relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and Israeli attacks against Palestinians.

Erdogan condemned the attacks and wished "Allah’s mercy to all martyrs," Hurriyet Daily reported.

More than 50 Palestinians were killed by Israeli army gunfire and thousands more were injured during anti-occupation rallies on May 14 along Gaza Strip’s eastern border, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated along Gaza Strip’s eastern border on May 14, which coincided with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s establishment in 1948, an event Palestinians refer to as the “Nakba” or “the Catastrophe.”

Since the border rallies began on March 30, more than 90 Palestinian demonstrators have been killed by cross-border Israeli gunfire, according to the Health Ministry.

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