Erdogan says Turkish foreign minister could visit Gaza

Photo: Erdogan says Turkish foreign minister could visit Gaza

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu could leave for Gaza with Arab ministers on Tuesday to show solidarity with Palestinians under Israeli attack Today`s Zaman reported.

Erdogan's remarks came after his talks with Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Cairo on Sunday. Davutoglu, Turkey's intelligence chief Hakan Fidan and Deputy Chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Omer Celik participated in the meeting that lasted 1.5 hours.

Davutoglu is expected to join the head of the Arab League and a group of Arab foreign ministers who are expected to visit Gaza on Tuesday in a sign of solidarity.

Arab league ministers had called at an earlier meeting for a mission to go to Gaza. Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby told reporters in Cairo the visit would take place on Tuesday. A League source said Elaraby would lead the delegation.

The source also said that Elaraby set the date of the visit in coordination with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the names of the traveling ministers would be announced later.

Israeli offensive in Gaza has started last Wednesday and killed 56 Palestinians and wounded hundreds, according to Palestinian officials. More than 500 rockets fired from Gaza have hit Israel, killing three civilians and wounding dozens.

Israel's declared goal in Gaza is to deter Hamas, the Palestinian group that runs the enclave, from launching rockets that have plagued its southern communities for years.

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