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Türkiye seeks to persuade Israel on ceasefire in Gaza

Ankara, May 3 (Prensa Latina) The president of Türkiye, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, stated today that the decision to freeze trade relations with Israel seeks to force Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to establish a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

In that Palestinian territory, Zionist attacks have left 34,600 dead to date, according to estimates.

During a meeting with Turkish businessmen in Istanbul (north), Erdogan said that with these measures he is not seeking any hostility or conflicts of any kind in the region, but rather to support the Gazans.

We do not want to see blood and tears in our geography (…) Türkiye is doing the right thing. We have only one goal here: to force the Netanyahu administration to declare a ceasefire and allow sufficient humanitarian aid into Gaza, he said.

This measure will be an example for other countries that are concerned about the current situation, said the president, who criticized the West for diplomatically and militarily supporting Netanyahu who “is out of control.”

We know very well how the West will attack us with this decision we have made, but we will remain firm (…) and we will know that the path ahead of us is to support the oppressed, said the president quoted by national media.

Türkiye is today, in his words, the main emitter of humanitarian aid to Gaza and from now on it will restrict all exports and imports to Israel, as announced the day before.

This measure was preceded by the limitation of trade with Tel Aviv weeks ago, with up to fifty products, in response to Israel’s refusal to increase the flow of humanitarian aid to Palestinian citizens.

On the other hand, Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan announced the day before that his country decided to join South Africa’s complaint against Tel Aviv for genocide, presented to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Fidan noted that the legal process to formalize the request asking the ICJ to register Türkiye as a party in the case would soon be completed and that in the meantime he would encourage other countries to take similar steps.

This country broke diplomatic relations with Tel Aviv last October and in that same month President Erdogan met in Istanbul with the head of Hamas’s political wing, Ismail Haniye, reiterating the need for an immediate ceasefire and a negotiation to establish a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza.