Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that around 500,000 people in Cairo were currently cursing Israel with their acts, commenting on the incidents.
The comment comes as Erdogan is expected to visit them on September 12 in a period when the three decades rule of Hosnu Mubarak has ended.
Speaking to the representatives of civil society organizations and business world in central Anatolian province of Kayseri on Saturday, Erdogan said that behind such acts lied a spirit and an awakening.
People in the region are walking towards democracy and freedom from autocratic systems, Erdogan said.
There are certain circles in the region that do not respect the will of their people. And then, there is Gaza. Nine of our nationals were martyred by Israeli troops on May 31, 2010 in the Mavi Marmara ship that was carrying aid materials to Gaza. One of those killed by Israel was Furkan Dogan of Kayseri. He was also an U.S. citizen, Erdogan said.
When I asked U.S. President Barack Obama why they were silent on the murder of Dogan and if they were silent because Dogan was a Turk, I could not receive a response, Erdogan said.
We will make efforts to take the Gaza incident to the International Court of Justice in the Hague. We will show once again who is with the oppressed people, Erdogan also said.
"Erdogan visit to Egypt"
Rallies were held in Cairo on Friday in support of the Egyptian revolution.
One revolutionist Egyptian youth, Muhammad Shafi, carried a banner that read "Erdogan Courage Academy opened".
"We were happy to see Prime Minister Erdogan's honorable stance against Israel. I will be at the forefront of people welcoming Erdogan to Cairo at the airport," Shafi said.
"The people of Egypt love Erdogan. Everyone wishes to see Erdogan. If he addresses the Egyptians at the Tahrir square, then more people would be able to see their hero," Shafi said.
Hundreds of Egyptian youth called on individuals to welcome Erdogan as a hero in social sites such as facebook and twitter.
Thousands of Egyptians plan to welcome Erdogan to Cairo with Turkish flags in their hands.
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