- Title: Turkey urges Israel to let Palestinians 'practise their religion'
- Date: 23rd July 2017
- Summary: ISTANBUL, TURKEY (JULY 23, 2017) (REUTERS) TURKISH PRESIDENT, TAYYIP ERDOGAN, HOLDING NEWS CONFERENCE CAMERAMEN FILMING (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRESIDENT, TAYYIP ERDOGAN, SAYING: "I stressed (during the phone calls with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and French President Emanuel Macron) that we don't approve of assaults on people's lives, goods and their right to practise their religion. As the president of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit, I would like to once again invite the incumbent Israeli government to act in accordance with fundamental practices, laws and basic human rights values. I would like to stress the need to avoid taking steps that will further escalate tensions in the region. Turkey will continue its efforts to bring peace in the region and it will continue to support our Palestinian brothers' struggle for rights, freedom and justice." CAMERAMEN FILMING ERDOGAN LEAVING
- Embargoed: 6th August 2017 12:30
- Keywords: Jerusalem violence al-Aqsa mosque new Israeli security measures Turkey reaction to violence Tayyip Erdogan
- Location: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- City: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0016QXT16V
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday (July 23) called on Israel to observe "basic human rights values" after violence erupted over its security measures in Jerusalem's holiest site.
Earlier this week, Erdogan spoke to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to press for the removal of the metal detectors at entry points to the Noble Sanctuary-Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem's walled Old City.
There have been daily confrontations between Palestinians hurling rocks and Israeli police using stun grenades since the metal detectors were placed.
Israel sent extra troops into the occupied West Bank and used riot gear on Saturday (July 22) after a Palestinian attacker stabbed to death three Israelis on Friday (July 21). Hours earlier, three Palestinians were killed.
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