To protest at Israeli actions against Palestinians, hundreds of people congregated outside the Israeli embassy in Ankara and its consulate in Istanbul on Monday. During the day, President Tayyip Erdogan spoke to Middle East leaders about the rising violence.
Braving a full lockdown aimed at curbing coronavirus cases, protesters in Istanbul, including Syrians and Palestinians, carried Palestinian flags while chanting, “(Turkish soldiers) to Gaza” and “Down with Israel, down with America”.
Erdogan spoke to King Abdullah of Jordan, Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah over the phone. He also spoke to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh. Turkish foreign minister Cavusoglu discussed the issue with his counterparts in Iran, Algeria, Pakistan and Russia.
A statement from Erdogan’s office said that he told King Abdullah that the ‘inhumane’ attacks against Palestinians were aimed at all Muslims, adding that Turkey and Jordan needed to work together to stop them.