✕ CLOSE Online Special City News Entrepreneurship Environment Factcheck Everything Woman Home Front Islamic Forum Life Xtra Property Travel & Leisure Viewpoint Vox Pop Women In Business Art and Ideas Bookshelf Labour Law Letters
Click Here To Listen To Trust Radio Live
SPONSOR AD

Hamas is not a terrorist organisation – Erdogan

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, in his strongest comments yet on the Gaza conflict, on Wednesday, said the Palestinian militant group Hamas was not a terrorist…

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, in his strongest comments yet on the Gaza conflict, on Wednesday, said the Palestinian militant group Hamas was not a terrorist organisation.

Erdogan however described the Hamas group as a liberation group fighting to protect Palestinian lands and people.

NATO member Turkey condemned the civilian deaths caused by Hamas’ Oct. 7 rampage in southern Israel but also urged Israeli forces to act with restraint.

As the violence and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza have worsened, Ankara has strongly criticised Israel’s bombardment of the territory.

Erdogan made the proclamation while speaking with lawmakers from his ruling AK Party, using an Arabic word denoting those who fight for their faith.

“Hamas is not a terrorist organisation, it is a liberation group, ‘mujahideen’ waging a battle to protect its lands and people.’’

Unlike many of its NATO allies and the European Union, Turkey does not consider Hamas a terrorist organisation and hosts members of the group on its territory.

Ankara backs a two-state solution to the decades-old Israel-Palestinian conflict.

Erdogan also slammed Western powers for supporting Israel’s bombing of Gaza and called for an immediate ceasefire, the unhindered entry of humanitarian aid into Gaza, and for Muslim countries to work together to stop the violence.

“The perpetrators of the massacre and the destruction taking place in Gaza are those providing unlimited support for Israel,” Erdogan said.

“Israel’s attacks on Gaza, for both itself and those supporting them, amount to murder and mental illness.’’

Erdogan’s comments drew a swift rebuke from Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, who said they were “grave and disgusting and did not help with de-escalation.’’

He urged Italy’s foreign minister to lodge a formal protest with Ankara. (dpa/NAN)

Join Daily Trust WhatsApp Community For Quick Access To News and Happenings Around You.

UPDATE: Nigerians in Nigeria and those in diaspora can now be paid in US Dollars. Premium domains can earn you as much as $17,000 (₦27 million).


Click here to start earning.