| 29 February 2024, Thursday |

Turkey’s Erdogan welcomes Gaza pause as temporary ‘stop of bloodshed’

On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his approval of the temporary halt in the Gaza conflict and the reciprocal release of hostages and prisoners, considering it a momentary “cessation of bloodshed” in the region.
Speaking to lawmakers in parliament, Erdogan said statements by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government were “lessening” Ankara’s hopes that the pause could turn into a full ceasefire, but added Turkey would ramp up diplomatic efforts for a lasting ceasefire and the exchange of hostages in coming days.
Erdogan also said Turkey had “largely completed” evacuating its citizens from Gaza, where he repeated a genocide was taking place. He added that he would discuss the war in Gaza during a trip to Dubai later this week.

  • alarabiya