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President Erdogan urges regional unity against Israel’s alleged invasion plans

President Erdogan urges regional unity against Israel's alleged invasion plans President and AK Party Chairman Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his party's Parliament Group session, Ankara, Türkiye, June 26, 2024. (AA Photo)
By Anadolu Agency
Jun 26, 2024 1:19 PM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged regional countries on Wednesday to stand in solidarity with Lebanon against Israel’s alleged invasion plans.

Addressing the Justice and Development’s (AK Party) parliamentary group in Ankara, Erdogan accused Israel of targeting Lebanon after devastating Gaza. He claimed Western powers were covertly backing Israel.

Türkiye stands by our Lebanese brothers and sisters, and I call upon other regional nations to show their support for Lebanon.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Netanyahu has ‘bloody plans’

Erdogan also warned against Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s purported efforts to escalate conflict across the region, predicting catastrophic consequences. He called on Islamic and Middle Eastern nations to lead the opposition to what he described as Netanyahu’s “bloody plans.”

“It is lamentable that states preaching freedom, human rights, and justice are under the sway of a leader like Netanyahu,” Erdogan added.

Israel has faced international condemnation for its ongoing offensive in Gaza since Oct. 7, despite a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding an immediate cease-fire. Local health authorities report nearly 37,700 Palestinians killed and more than 86,200 injured in Gaza, with widespread devastation and severe shortages of essential supplies.

Recently, the International Court of Justice accused Israel of violating humanitarian law and ordered an immediate halt to military operations in Gaza’s Rafah, where over a million Palestinians sought refuge.

Last Updated:  Jun 26, 2024 4:03 PM