Turkish President, in his strongest comments yet on the Gaza conflict, said on Wednesday the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) was not a terrorist organization but a liberation group fighting to protect Palestinian lands and people.

Iran PressAsia: As the violence and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza have worsened, Ankara has strongly criticized Israel's bombardment of the territory.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said it is time to speak clearly to those who killed women and children, according to Al Jazeera TV channel.

He made the remarks, addressing the lawmakers from his ruling AK Party.

Erdoğan also slammed Western powers for supporting Israel's bombardment of Gaza and called for an immediate ceasefire, the unhindered entry of humanitarian aid into Gaza, and for Muslim countries to work together to stop the violence.

"The perpetrators of the massacre and the destruction taking place in Gaza are those providing unlimited support for Israel," Erdoğan said,adding: "Israel's attacks on Gaza, for both itself and those supporting them, amount to murder and mental illness."

The Turkish President further noted: "Israel's actions are not for self-defense; rather, it is deliberate brutality and a crime against humanity."

He emphasized: "We do not accept any attack against civilians. Even if they are Israelis."

Erdoğan added: "Israel cannot continue this way; even if America (the US) and the West support it."

He also said: "In the Ukraine war, some, messed up the world, but now they ignore what is happening in Gaza. Israel should not expect security to be provided from outside the region; rather, it should look for it in the region itself."

He added: "All parties should take their hands off the trigger and declare a ceasefire immediately."

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said: "A humanitarian crossing should be established immediately and without any kind of obstacles for the transfer of humanitarian aid to Gaza."


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