- Israel has been described as a "terror state" following the continuous crisis in the Gaza Strip involving the Palestinian armed group Hamas
- The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said Hamas was not a terrorist organisation but a political party
- Erdogan said Israeli leaders were getting unlimited support from the West and they should be tried for war crimes at the International Court of Justice
Legit.ng journalist Adekunle Dada has over 5-year-experience covering metro and government policy.
Turkey, Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has continued to condemn the Israeli assault on the besieged Gaza Strip, describing the Jewish nation as a "terror state."
Erdogan stated this while addressing members of his Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in parliament on Wednesday, November 15, Aljazeera reported.
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“I say clearly that Israel is a terror state.”
He said Israeli leaders should be tried for war crimes at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
Pointing to the United States and other Western allies of Israel, he said:
“While we curse the Israeli administration, we do not forget those who openly support these massacres and those who go out of their way to legitimise them.”
Erdogan described Israel's military campaign against Hamas as "the most treacherous attacks in human history" with "unlimited" support from the West.
According to the Turkish leader, Hamas was not a "terrorist organisation" but a political party that won the last Palestinian legislative elections.
Israel denies involvement as 500 die in Gaza hospital attack
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that no fewer than 500 people were killed while hundreds had been injured by an alleged Israeli air raid on Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza.
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A Palestinian Ministry of Health spokesperson in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qidra, said ambulance services were trying to evacuate bodies and count the dead, among whom were many children.
He said the al-Ahli Arab Hospital was a historic hospital associated with the Anglican Church.
Israel kills 198 Palestinians
In a piece of related news, Legit.ng reported that medical sources in Gaza said at least 198 Palestinians were killed in Israeli air attacks launched after a Hamas offensive against Israel that killed at least 40 and left more than 1,600 people wounded.
Israel said earlier it had begun striking targets in the Gaza Strip in response "to the barrages of rockets" that were part of an unprecedented attack by Palestinian militants.