Erdogan slams world’s ‘silence’ on ‘Israel’s tyranny’

Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks with supporters, outside a hotel, in London on Tuesday. The Turkish president has lashed out at the international ‘silence’ surrounding the killing by Israeli security forces of 60 Palestinians on the Gaza border. (AP Photo)
Updated 16 May 2018
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Erdogan slams world’s ‘silence’ on ‘Israel’s tyranny’

  • Recep Tayyip Erdogan: “If the silence on Israel’s tyranny continues, the world will rapidly be dragged into a chaos where banditry prevails.”
  • A fervent advocate of the Palestinian cause, Erdogan had previously accused Israel of “state terror” and “genocide” over the killings.

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday lashed out at the international “silence” over the killing by Israeli fire of dozens of Palestinians on the Gaza border.
“If the silence on Israel’s tyranny continues, the world will rapidly be dragged into a chaos where banditry prevails,” Erdogan said at a dinner in Ankara.
The fresh violence in Gaza on Monday, when Israel’s army killed 60 Palestinians during protests, came as the United States formally moved its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.
A fervent advocate of the Palestinian cause, Erdogan on Tuesday accused Israel of “state terror” and “genocide” over the killings.
The Turkish leader will on Friday host a summit of the world’s main pan-Islamic body the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul.
On Wednesday, Erdogan also said the Gaza bloodshed showed “the United Nations has collapsed.”
Turkey has withdrawn its ambassador in Tel Aviv for consultations and told Israel’s ambassador to Ankara to leave, also for an unspecified period of time.
That drew retaliation from Israel, which ordered the Turkish consul in Jerusalem to leave for an unspecified period of time.


Palestinian president expected to leave hospital Sunday: sources

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Palestinian president expected to leave hospital Sunday: sources

  • It is expected that Mahmud Abbas will leave hospital early Sunday afternoon
  • His extended hospitalization has led to widespread speculation over his condition, particularly with no successor publicly in line for the Palestinian presidency

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories: Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas is expected to leave hospital on Sunday afternoon after a week of treatment for pneumonia, a Palestinian official and medical source said.
The sources spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity surrounding the 83-year-old’s hospitalization at the Istishari Arab Hospital near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.
One of the sources said his release could occur around 2:00 p.m. (1100 GMT).
His extended hospitalization has led to widespread speculation over his condition, particularly with no successor publicly in line for the Palestinian presidency.
Pictures and video of Abbas walking around the wards and reading a newspaper were published late Monday, in an apparent attempt to calm rumors that his condition was more serious than reported.
Abbas was admitted on May 20 with complications following an ear operation, including a high fever.
Officials have since confirmed he was being treated for pneumonia.
In February, he underwent what were described as routine medical tests in the United States.
Abbas won a four-year term as president in 2005, but he has since remained in office without further elections.
Abbas argues the split between his Fatah party and Islamist movement Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has made elections politically impossible.
A moderate, he has been involved in decades of negotiations with Israel but is unpopular among Palestinians, with the majority wanting him to step down.