Hamas chief, Turkish FM discuss Israeli escalation
GAZA CITYJun 30, 2014 - 12:00 am GMT+3
Jun 30, 2014 12:00 am
Hamas political chief Khaled Meshaal held talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu on the ongoing Israeli escalation in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, Palestinian resistance group Hamas said Monday.
Meshaal briefed the top Turkish diplomat during a phone call on "Israeli violations against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank", Hamas said in a statement.
According to the statement, Meshaal called on Turkey and the international community to act to stop Israeli assaults in the West Bank and lift the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip.
Tension has been high in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank since three Jewish settlers went missing in mid-June.
Israel accuses Hamas of kidnapping the trio and has since launched several attacks on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and a massive detention campaign across the West Bank.
At least ten Palestinians have since been killed and hundreds arrested – including Hamas lawmakers and former ministers.
No group has thus far claimed responsibility for the settlers' disappearance.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was quoted by Israel Radio on Sunday as calling on his government to consider the reoccupation of Gaza.