Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that a definite stance must be displayed by participants of the Sharm el-Sheikh meeting on Gaza today.
Speaking to reporters prior to his departure from Ankara's Esenboga International Airport for Brussels, Erdogan said that "the unilateral cease-fire declared by Israel in Gaza does not mean everything's over".
Turkey has been actively involved in the Gaza issue since the beginning of incidents, Erdogan said.
"I have nothing to say for those who have looked at the developments with blind eyes," Erdogan stressed.
"Hamas is the name of a political party that has won the elections in Palestine. Hamas has received about 70 percent of the votes in the elections. Western powers who did not respect the democratic election results are responsible for the latest developments," Erdogan said.
"It is my sincere hope that Israel will withdraw its forces from Gaza following today's meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh and humanitarian assistance reaches the people of Gaza. We will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to Gaza, including ambulance planes when needed," Erdogan also said.
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