Turkish parliament speaker calls on Israel to lift blockade on Gaza

Turkish parliament speaker calls on Israel to lift blockade on Gaza

Turkish Parliament Speaker Mustafa Sentop on Wednesday (30/6) urged Israel to lift the years-long blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip, Palestine.


UMMATIMES - "It is very important to ensure that Israel is held accountable for its crimes in the international arena and also to lift the inhumane blockade imposed on Gaza," Sentop said during a meeting with the Palestinian Committee of the Jordanian House of Representatives.

Sentop said Israel must take steps to end the occupation of the Palestinian territories.

"In this regard, we are happy with the ceasefire in Palestine and hope that the ceasefire will continue," he said.

At least 260 Palestinians were killed and thousands injured in the 11-day Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip in May. The tension stems from an Israeli court decision to expel Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem.

Thirteen Israelis were killed by Palestinian rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. The violence ended under an Egypt-brokered ceasefire that took effect on May 21.