“EThey are negotiating to obtain the release of the hostages”, declared this source, cited by the French news agency AFP, confirming information from the private television station Habertürk.
Traditionally close to Qatar, Erdogan held talks today with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, and Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, the official Anadolu agency reported.
On behalf of Turkey, “we are ready to do everything in our power”, including conducting “mediation” and “fair arbitration”, to quickly eliminate the conflict scenario in the region, declared the Turkish head of state, quoted by Anadolu.
Despite a rapprochement that began several months ago with Israel, Erdodan today accused this country of “not behaving like a state” in the Gaza Strip, where the Israeli army has been launching numerous attacks and threatening a ground operation.
According to the Israeli Government, almost 150 people were kidnapped in Israel by Hamas, which threatened on Monday to execute hostages in retaliation for the increasing number of Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.
Hamas, in power in the Gaza Strip since 2007, launched a surprise attack on Israeli territory on October 7, under the name of operation “Al-Aqsa Storm”, with the launch of thousands of rockets and the incursion of armed rebels by land, sea and air.
In response, Israel bombed several Hamas facilities in that Palestinian territory from the air, in an operation it called “Iron Swords”.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that his country is “at war” with Hamas, which, he recalled, was internationally classified as a terrorist movement not only by Israel but also by the United States and the European Union (EU), in addition to other states.
Israel, which has imposed a total siege on the Gaza Strip and cut off water, fuel and electricity supplies, has so far confirmed more than 1,200 deaths and 3,700 injuries since the start of the Hamas offensive, supported by Lebanese Hezbollah and the Palestinian branch of Jihad Islamic.
On the Palestinian side, the local Ministry of Health confirmed today that, in Gaza, Israeli retaliatory attacks caused at least 1,100 deaths and 5,339 injuries.
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