Ceasefire in Gaza urgently needed: Turkish FM

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Turkish FM Fidan emphasized the urgent need to prevent Israel from targeting civilians in Gaza and to declare a full ceasefire in a meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State Blinken.

Ceasefire in Gaza urgently needed: Turkish FM

Israel's targeting of civilians in Gaza must be prevented and a full ceasefire declared in the region urgently, Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan said in a meeting on Monday with the United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

According to the information obtained from diplomatic sources, during the meeting between Fidan and Blinken at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, regional developments, especially Gaza, and bilateral relations were discussed.

Minister Fidan underlined to his American counterpart the need to prevent Israel from targeting civilians and displacing people in Gaza and to declare a full ceasefire immediately.

During the meeting in which views were exchanged on Gaza, both sides confirmed that they agreed on ensuring that civilians are not harmed and that humanitarian aid is delivered continuously and uninterruptedly.

"Türkiye and the U.S. agree on the need for humanitarian aid and a two-state solution in Gaza. The need to work together for a two-state solution was also emphasized in today's meeting," the diplomatic source said.

With this, Minister Fidan pointed out to Blinken that the bombing of civilian targets and the destruction of infrastructure in Gaza were unacceptable.

On the other hand, after the meeting, Blinken said that the U.S. is aware of the situation in Gaza and cooperating with other countries.

"We know the concerns in Gaza and see the toll on innocent civilians. We are in contact with the Israelis. We have spoken for steps that can reduce civilian casualties. You will see in the coming days that important steps will be taken for large amounts of aid to reach Gaza," Blinken stated.

WHAT HAPPENED

Hamas' military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, announced that they launched a comprehensive attack against Israel called "Al-Aqsa Flood" on the morning of Oct. 7.

While thousands of rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel, armed groups entered the settlements in the region. The Israeli army also launched an attack on the Gaza Strip with dozens of warplanes. The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that Israel killed 10.022 people, including 4,104 children, 2,641 women, and 397 elderly people. It injured at least 32 thousand people in its attacks on Gaza.

It was reported that 1400 Israelis, including 324 soldiers, were killed and 5 thousand 132 Israelis were wounded in the attacks from Gaza.

The Israeli army hit Damascus and Aleppo airports. As the Middle East is once again turning into a bloodbath, a deadline has been set for nearly 2 and a half million Palestinians to leave the blockaded Gaza.

In the occupied West Bank, 106 Palestinians were killed in attacks by Israeli forces and Jewish settlers. In Israel's attacks on Gaza, 38 journalists were killed.

In the clashes between the Israeli army and Hezbollah on the Israel-Lebanon border since October 8, 55 Hezbollah members and 4 civilians, one of whom was a journalist, were killed. Three Israeli soldiers and one Israeli civilian were killed in the attacks organized by Lebanon.

Most recently, Israel attacked the Jabalia Refugee Camp in Gaza, killing civilians.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he was breaking off all contact with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because of Israeli attacks on civilians in the Gaza Strip.

Source: Newsroom

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