Erdoğan holds phone call with Palestine's Abbas, Haniyeh

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday held phone calls with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh, to discuss the latest developments in Jerusalem, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

They discussed Israeli attacks on Palestinians and Al-Aqsa Mosque, the agency said, with Erdoğan strongly condemning Israel.

More than 300 people were wounded Monday in the fourth day of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police at the flashpoint compound of Al-Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third holiest site, located in Jerusalem.

Israeli forces stormed the compound in mounting violence on Monday morning, firing rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and tear gas at Palestinian worshippers.

The latest bout of violence has been the city’s worst since 2017 and is fuelled by a long-running bid by Jewish settlers to evict several Palestinian families from their nearby east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

Erdoğan on Monday told Abbas and Haniyeh that Turkey would do everything in its power to mobilize the whole world, particularly the Islamic world, to stop Israeli terrorism and occupation, Anadolu said.

The Turkish president said Turkey would continue to support the Palestinian cause, stand with its Palestinian brothers and protect the honour of Jerusalem, the agency reported.

Erdoğan, a vocal supporter of the Palestinian cause,on Saturday called Israel a cruel “terrorist” state and said Ankara had launched initiatives to mobilize international institutions.