Published: Mon, April 02, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Netanyahu, Erdogan Trade Insults Over Violence On Gaza Border

Netanyahu, Erdogan Trade Insults Over Violence On Gaza Border

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit back at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday over his sharp criticism of Israel after its soldiers killed 16 Palestinians when a major demonstration led to clashes.

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres called for an "independent and transparent investigation" and European Union diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini followed suit, calling in a statement for a probe into Israel's use of live ammunition.

"We harshly condemn Israel's attack on defenseless Palestinian civilians who attended the peaceful demonstrations in Gaza today", Kalin said in a written statement.

Turkey on 20 January launched a cross-border operation against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in its enclave of Afrin and the city was captured on 18 March.

Palestinian health officials said Israeli forces used mostly gunfire against the protesters, in addition to tear gas and rubber bullets. "At the same time, you are a terrorist", Erdogan said. "What you are doing to those oppressed Palestinians is going to be part of history, and we won't forget it".

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In a message on his official twitter account late on Saturday, Netanyahu praised the Israeli troops for killing the Palestinians which he claimed were aimed at guarding Israel.

The demonstrators are demanding that Palestinian refugees be allowed the right of return to towns and villages which their families fled from, or were driven out of when the state of Israel was created in 1948.

Erdogan attacked his critics as well. "We will continue to support our Palestinian sisters and brothers in their rightful cause until the very end".

Calling the Israel forces "the most moral army in the world", Netanyahu accused Turkish military of bombing civilians. Israel acts vigorously and with determination to protect its sovereignty and the security of its citizens", he wrote.

It said there were attempts to damage the fence and infiltrate Israel, while alleging there was also an attempted gun attack against soldiers along the border.

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