Turkey exerts efforts to achieve long-term truce in Gaza, FM says

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Baku, Azerbaijan, August 1

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

Turkey exerts efforts to achieve a long-term truce in the Gaza Strip, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on August 1, Turkish news agency Anadolu reported.

"The Turkish leadership is currently in talks on resolving the crisis in Gaza with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister of Qatar Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah," he said.

On August 1, Israel agreed to a three-day humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip, previously announced by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

During his visit to India, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the parties agreed to a ceasefire from 8:00 on August 1.

Previously, the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in Gaza confirmed consent of all factions of the Palestinian resistance for a 72-hour truce with Israel.

More than 1,500 Palestinians were killed and 7,000 were injured as a result of Israeli hostilities in the Gaza Strip.

Some 20 mosques and more than five hospitals were completely destroyed during the hostilities.

The Israeli army lost 131 servicemen during the hostilities in Gaza, the Turkish agency Anadolu reported with reference to the military wing of Hamas movement. However, the Israeli authorities do not confirm this information.

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