Turkiye is using all diplomatic means to ensure a cease-fire in Gaza and is trying to draw attention to this issue on international platforms, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a press conference on his return to Uzbekistan.
"Stopping the death of people, embracing children who are trembling with fear, and endeavoring to alleviate their suffering to some extent will not be the final result for us, but the starting point of the solution. As Turkiye, we are trying to keep all international platforms active and operational on the issue. We are using the means of diplomacy to the fullest to ensure a cease-fire," Erdogan said.
The Turkish president said that they are trying to create public opinion on international platforms to ensure a cease-fire in Gaza. He also stated that Turkiye is planning the steps after the cease-fire down to the finest detail.
Erdogan said that he was not hopeless in achieving a cease-fire in Gaza drew attention to the number of civilians who lost their lives in Gaza and stated that the region had turned into a wreck. He underlined the importance of the Riyadh Summit to discuss the steps to be taken towards a cease-fire.
"We seem to receive some positive signals in the diplomatic context. I hope that these will be realized. That is why I attach great importance to the Riyadh Summit. We believe that the compass of conscience of societies always points to the truth. Ensuring a cease-fire is our primary goal. We are taking all the steps that need to be taken for this, we are trying all the ways that need to be tried," the Turkish President stated.
Erdogan stated that the main objective in Gaza was not only to open a corridor for the passage of humanitarian aid. He added that they wanted to increase the pressure on Israel and ensure the passage of wounded and sick Palestinians.
"Our goal is to ensure the passage of all these people from Gaza to the points where we can deliver medical aid. Among them are patients with cancer, light and heavy wounded. If this corridor is opened, we are ready to take these wounded and our brothers and sisters with chronic diseases such as cancer to our hospitals," he stated.
The Turkish President said that the majority of the Israeli people are against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and underlined that bad days await the Israeli Prime Minister.
"Netanyahu has better days today than tomorrow. At the moment, 60-70 percent of the Israeli public is against Netanyahu. As for the issue of hostages, Hamas has no interest in holding civilians hostage. On the contrary, what should happen is the release of Palestinians held by Israel," Erdogan emphasized.
"Now, if we, as Turkiye, are to intervene here, what Israel should do is to release the Palestinians and on the other hand, the Israelis who are in the hands of Hamas should be released immediately," he added.
Erdogan stated that the war between Israel and Hamas will be the agenda of the summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
"We will meet there to discuss the issue in all its details and to hold negotiations to ensure that a humanitarian cease-fire is established as soon as possible," the Turkish President added.
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, 569 people, including 4,324 children, 2,823 women, and 397 elderly people. It injured at least 32,000 people in its attacks on Gaza.
It was reported that 1,400 Israelis, including 324 soldiers, were killed and 5,132 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 2.5 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, 48 journalists were killed.
In the clashes between the Israeli army and Hezbollah on the Israel-Lebanon border since Oct. 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.