Turkey’s Erdogan Condemns ‘Heinous Terrorist Attacks’ in Israel

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned the “heinous terrorist attacks Israel has seen in recent days,” offering condolences to the people who lost their lives and wishing a speedy recovery to the injured, Anadolu Agency reported on Friday.

In a phone call with Israeli President Isaac Herzog, Erdogan stressed the importance of access to the holy city of Jerusalem and its Islamic sites.

Erdogan said that Palestinians must be allowed to enter Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque and other sites in Israel during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The Turkish president reiterated that he expects Israeli authorities to keep Al-Aqsa Mosque open for worship 24 hours a day during the last ten days of Ramadan and to close it to non-Muslim visitors.

Erdogan also said that he hopes Herzog and all Jews have a peaceful Passover, a Jewish holiday that begins mid-April.

A large Israeli army force raided Jenin on Thursday morning, 24 hours after Diaa Hamarsheh, a Palestinian resident of the town of Yabad, near Jenin, shot and killed five Israelis in a shooting attack in Bnai Brak, near Tel Aviv.

In a separate incident, a special unit of the Israeli army shot and killed three Palestinian men on Saturday, the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, in the outskirts of the town of Arraba, near Jenin.

(The Palestine Chronicle, MEMO, Social Media)

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