Turkish foreign ministry condemns Israeli aggression in Gaza
ANKARAJul 21, 2014 - 12:00 am GMT+3
Jul 21, 2014 12:00 am
Turkey has strongly condemned Sunday's Israeli attack on Shujaya neighborhood of Gaza where scores of Palestinians have been reported killed.
"We curse Israel's atrocious attack on historically important Shujaya neighborhood of Gaza, which killed at least 60 people, leaving 400 injured and 35,000 displaced," a statement released by the Turkish foreign ministry said Monday.
"We strongly condemn this massacre, which has reached the cruelest level in collective punishment."
Turkey also called on Israel to immediately stop its attacks on Palestinian people, urging both sides to reach a permanent ceasefire.
Since July 7, Israel has been pounding the besieged Gaza Strip with air and naval bombardments with the stated aim of halting rocket attacks.
At least At least 509 Palestinians have been killed and more than 3,000 injured since the Israeli assault began.
Israel's military operation, dubbed operation "Protective Edge," is the self-proclaimed Jewish state's third major offensive against Gaza in the last six years.