Turkish dailies on Thursday reported on the latest developments in Israel and Palestine and a speech by Turkish PM Erdogan heavily criticising opposition presidential candidate Ihsanoglu who earlier said Turkey should remain impartial on the Palestine issue.


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All Turkish dailies on Thursday heavily covered the latest developments in Israel and Palestine as tensions rise with arrests, rioting and air strikes following the murders of three Israeli teenagers and a Palestinian youth.

YENI SAFAK ran with the headline "All-out terror" accusing Israeli soldiers of terrorizing Palestinians for days.

"Gaza has turned into a shooting range," the paper said, claiming that 400 tonnes of bombs have been targeted at civilians over the last three days.

Israel has launched a military offensive – dubbed "Operation Protective Edge" – with the stated aim of stopping rocket fire from Gaza.

It has continued to pound the territory with air strikes, while ground troops remain massed on the Gaza Strip's borders in advance of a possible ground assault.

VATAN said that at least 48 Palestinians were killed during the Israeli air strikes including women and children and that Hamas-based factions fired rockets into Israel in response to the unrelenting air strikes.

The daily quoted Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu who has vowed to "further intensify attacks on Hamas" in the Gaza Strip.

SABAH covered the issue under with "Israel maintains violence in Gaza" saying at least 51 people have been killed since Tuesday and 700 others were wounded during nonstop air strikes by the Israeli military.

According to Palestinian security sources, Israeli warplanes have conducted more than 770 strikes against Gaza targets since July 7.

Palestinian factions have, for their part, fired nearly 320 rockets into Israeli cities and towns since Wednesday, added the sources.

"Hamas resists Israel’s cruelty" is the title of AKSAM which said the Palestinian group started a siege of Israel from the sea.

"Israel is alarmed, opening the doors of all shelters in Jerusalem and calling on the public to be cautious," the paper claimed.

The Israeli army said Wednesday that three rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip at the southern city of Dimona.

The Ezzeddin al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military wing, claimed responsibility for the rocket fire.

In a statement, the group said that they had fired three M75 rockets at the southern Israeli city.

Israel aims to annihilate the armaments of Palestine, said HABER TURK, claiming that the bombardment by Israel in Gaza is intended to get rid of Hamas.

MILLIYET put the total death toll in Gaza over the least two days at 53, including at least nine children. Since 2000, 1,407 Palestinian children have been killed in Israeli attacks, the daily claimed.

Most Turkish dailies also covered the speech by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a rally in the central Anatolian city of Tokat on Thursday, where he criticized the response of Turkey's opposition presidential candidate Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu to the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.

HURRIYET cited Erdogan as telling his supporters: "Oh God! Israel is bombarding, defenseless people are being killed and a presidential candidate (Ihsanoglu) also the former secretary general of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation says you have to be impartial on the Palestine issue... Damn it!"

Previously in an interview on a private television channel, Ihsanoglu had said that Turkey should remain impartial on the Palestine issue.

"Impartiality is betrayal" headlined SABAH and quoted Erdogan saying Turkey will continue to speak out against Israel's aggression against the Palestinian people.

Erdogan said that Turkey could not turn a blind eye to the pain and suffering of the people in different countries of the Middle East and elsewhere in the world.

During the speech, he also called on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant rebels to release the 49 Turkish consulate staff members abducted since June 11, MILLIYET reported. "If they are really religious, they should set free our citizens in this holy Ramadan month," he said.

Some dailies covered the Dutch defeat to Argentina in the World Cup semifinal on Wednesday.

SABAH covered it under "Finalist Argentina" saying the South American country had managed to topple the Netherlands by defeating them 4-2 on penalties in the World Cup semifinal clash at Arena de Sao Paulo.

Argentina advanced to the final and will take on Germany on Sunday at Estadio do Maracana, Rio De Janeiro (16:00 Brazilian time).

Meanwhile the Netherlands will meet host nation Brazil in the third place match to be played on Saturday at 17:00 local time.

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