Israel: Turkey President Erdogan Phones Buhari, Wants Nigeria To Back Palestine

President Recep Erdogan of Turkey has called President Muhammadu Buhari asking Nigeria to show solidarity with Palestinians following the latest attacks by Israel on Jerusalem and Gaza.

Erdogan made the call when he spoke with Buhari on the telephone on Thursday evening.

The Turkish Presidency disclosed this in a message posted on its Twitter handle, @trpresidency.

Erdogan told Buhari that his country was trying to get the international community to teach Isreal, which he described as “unlawful, unjust and unscrupulous” a lesson.

He expressed the belief that Nigeria will support Palestinians in “this rightful cause.”

The message read, “President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by phone with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria.

“Exchanging Eid al-Fitr greetings, the two leaders discussed bilateral relations and regional developments.

“Drawing attention to Turkey’s efforts exerted in order for the international community to teach the necessary lesson to unlawful, unjust and unscrupulous Israel due to its attacks against Palestine, President Erdogan voiced his belief that Nigeria would show solidarity with the Palestinians in this rightful cause.”

Apart from Buhari, reports say Erdogan had also spoken with Kyrgyz President, Sadyr Japarov; his Afghan counterpart, Ashraf Ghani; Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, a former Malaysian Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad; and Libya’s Prime Minister, Abdul Dbeibeh.

Meanwhile, Israeli planes struck targets in the Gaza Strip again on Saturday. A building housing Al-Jazeera and AP media, which had previously been evacuated, was also destroyed. The toll of this conflict has exceeded 160 dead.

The thirteen-story building housing the premises of the Qatari television station Al-Jazeera and the American news agency Associated Press was pulverized in a raid.

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The owner of the building had been warned in advance of an imminent airstrike and the building was evacuated. Al-Jazeera broadcast live footage of the tower collapsing in a cloud of dust.

The IDF confirmed that it had targeted the building, claiming it housed Hamas intelligence units. She also said she hit a Hamas “operation office” near the center of Gaza City, “rocket launch sites” and “a military intelligence site”.

According to media reports, Israel’s ongoing offensive on Gaza has left 103 dead, including 27 children and 11 women.

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