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Erdogan: Palestinian Authority minister's death is vile

December 11, 2014 at 10:38 am

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has strongly condemned the death of the Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein which he described as vile, the Anadolu Agency reported.

The Turkish president sent a letter of condolence to his Palestinian counterpart President Mahmoud Abbas wishing Abu Ein’s family strength.

According to a statement released by the Turkish president’s office yesterday evening, in his letter the Turkish president said: “Your Excellency my dear brother, I have received with deep regret news of the death of the minister Abu Ein who died during confrontations that resulted from the Israeli occupation forces’ aggression against a peaceful protest to defend the Palestinian homeland in the West Bank.”

“The killing of the Palestinian official is the latest example of Israel’s despotism against Palestinian people as well as their occupation based on destruction. Israel’s ruthless aggression against the Palestinian people is shameful on humanity,” the letter added.

Erdogan said the Turkish people wish to comfort the Palestinian people following this incident, stressing that “Turkey is determined to jointly fight against Israel’s inhumane and despotic actions with the Islamic world as well as other members of the international community”.

He added: “As a nation, Turkey will always remain on the side of the Palestinian people, as we have been in the past, until the Israeli occupation ends, and Palestinians attain their liberty, sovereignty and enjoy the freedom to live in a state that unites them.”