Turkish soccer player plants Palestinian flag on pitch at match

The Israeli military assault, which ended in a Jan. 18 truce, triggered protests in Turkey where there is widespread support for the Palestinians.

Turkish soccer player plants Palestinian flag on pitch at match

A Turkish soccer player planted a Palestinian flag in the middle of the pitch at a match on Tuesday, in a protest against Israel's offensive in Gaza, Turkish broadcasters reported.

The Israeli military assault, which ended in a Jan. 18 truce, triggered protests in Turkey where there is widespread support for the Palestinians.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was given a hero's welcome on his return home last Friday after saying "Israel knowa very well how to kill people and babies" during a debate with Israeli President Shimon Peres at the World Economic Forum.



Sivasspor midfielder Ibrahim Dagasan placed the flag on the centre spot at a stadium in the central Turkish city of Sivas after his side beat Galatasaray in the quarter final of the Turkey Cup.

After he did so, some spectators chanted: "Damn Israel". Dagasan then raised a finger to his mouth, gesturing for them to be silent. One of Dagasan's team mates is the Israeli forward Pini Balili.



Turkey, a non-Arab Muslim country, has helped to negotiate a Hamas-led ceasefire after Israel stopped 22-day assault, killing more than 1,300 Palestinians, a third of them children in Gaza and wounded 5,300 Palestinians, and Gaza infrastructure suffered massive damage totaling at least 476 million dollars.

Agencies

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