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Erdogan says UN must act to halt Gaza violence

President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds up a map as he speaks at the 74th session of UN General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York, United States on 24 September 2019. [Erçin Top - Anadolu Agency]
President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds up a map of Palestine as he speaks at the 74th session of UN General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York, United States on 24 September 2019. [Erçin Top - Anadolu Agency]

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has called on the UN and Muslim countries to halt the Israeli military offensive against the Palestinians in Gaza, Reuters has reported. Turkey, said Erdogan, will support any UN initiative to end the violence.

"We invite every state and every institution, regardless of their faith and origin, to act as soon as possible against Israel's attacks," Erdogan said in a televised address.

The Turkish leader has also spoken with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani about the escalation between Israel and Palestine. Bilateral ties were also discussed.

The former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, shared a post on Twitter in which he said that he too has had a phone discussion with Erdogan about the situation in occupied Palestine.

READ: Turkey proposes international force to protect Palestinians

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