Jerusalem is our red line. We hope that Jerusalem, known as the city of peace, will regain its old days, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday at the 8th Extraordinary Islamic Summit in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.
“I remember our brothers and sisters martyred in Palestine with mercy. I hope that our summit meeting will be a blessing for all people," Erdogan said.
The Turkish President stated that his priority was to ensure a cease-fire and the uninterrupted delivery of humanitarian aid. He also emphasized the need for a permanent ceasefire, not a temporary one.
"Words fail to describe what has been happening in Gaza and Ramallah since Oct.7. We are facing an unprecedented barbarity in history, where hospitals, places of worship, schools, refugee camps, and ambulances are bombed and civilians migrating to so-called safe areas are massacred," he stated.
"The West's behavior is weakness and cowardice. Countries that support Israel should see the voice of the street," he 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 11, 078 people, including 4,506 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.