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Turkey: Restored Ties Won’t Halt Criticism of Israel on Gaza

The Times of Israel reports: The newly restored ties between Israel and Turkey have not changed Ankara’s position on the Palestinians, the Turkish foreign ministry said Monday as it condemned Israel’s airstrikes in the Gaza Strip a day earlier.

“The normalization of ties with Israel does not compel us to remain silent on the attacks against the Palestinian people in Gaza,” the ministry said in a statement, according to the Anatolia news agency.

“We will continue to protect the Palestinians from Israeli actions that violate the law and human conscience,” the statement said.

The Israel Defense Forces carried out a series of airstrikes in the Gaza Strip late Sunday, targeting 50 Hamas positions in response to a Palestinian rocket attack that hit the Israeli border town of Sderot.

The foreign ministry’s statement came as Turkish police arrested five people who earlier on Monday tried to break into Israel’s consulate in Istanbul to protest the Israeli bombardment.

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