Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Israel to cease its ongoing attacks on Gaza and to end what he termed its "state of madness."
Erdogan made the remarks as Israel intensified its military operations in Gaza, targeting women, children, and innocent civilians, thereby exacerbating the existing humanitarian crisis.
This is reported by Turkish media AA.
Erdogan's Call for Solidarity
President Erdogan urged the Turkish people to participate in the "Great Palestine Meeting," a rally scheduled to take place at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul.
The rally aims to show support for the Palestinians, and Erdogan is expected to address the gathering.
The conflict began on October 7 when the Palestinian group Hamas initiated Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, a multi-pronged surprise attack that included rocket launches and infiltrations into Israel.
Hamas stated that the attack was in retaliation for Israeli settlers' increasing violence against Palestinians and the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The Israeli military's relentless bombardment has resulted in the deaths of at least 7,326 Palestinians, 70% of whom are women and children. Meanwhile, Gaza's 2.3 million residents are facing severe shortages of food, water, and medicine due to Israel's blockade.
The UN General Assembly recently approved a resolution calling for a humanitarian truce, which Israel's Foreign Minister Eli Cohen rejected as "despicable."