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Most Turkish dailies on Tuesday covered the latest developments in Israel and Palestine which has seen a huge surge in violence following the murders of three Israeli teenagers and a Palestinian youth earlier this month.
"Israel not taking a break in massacre" says the STAR daily, putting the total death toll in the Gaza Strip at 175 over the past week. "The world is just watching Israel's massacre in this Ramadan month," the paper added.
For a week, Israel has waged a crippling air blitz against the Gaza Strip – dubbed 'Operation Protective Edge' – with the stated aim of ending rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave.
The total number of Palestinians killed in airstrikes across the Gaza Strip has reached over 180, and nearly 1,400 Palestinians have been injured, many seriously, in Israeli airstrikes since last Monday.
HABER TURK said 17,000 Palestinians have been displaced during Israel's operation and put the death toll at 172.
No Israeli deaths have been reported thus far as a result of Palestinian rocket fire, although the Israeli Defense Forces claimed earlier that Hamas had hundreds of rockets at Israel from Gaza.
YENI SAFAK claimed that Israel was been getting ready for "mass murder" by destroying waste water treatment plants as well as electricity and sewage systems serving over 1.7 million Palestinians. Three-quarters of Gaza has been left in the dark, the paper said.
"Shame document" is how SABAH described a picture showing Israeli soldiers dancing as they were getting ready for a possible ground invasion of the Palestinian territory.
"We are prepared and ready for any scenario in order to protect our civilians. We will not consent to being victims," Israeli President Shimon Peres said via Twitter. "Israel won't rely on luck."
Hamas and other militant groups have continued to fire rockets at Israeli cities although reports on Tuesday claim that Israel's security cabinet has backed an Egypt-brokered truce proposal.
"Israel is in shock", AKSAM said and reported that an unmanned aircraft launched from Gaza at the southern part of Israel turned out to have belonged to Hamas.
In other news, almost all Turkish dailies also covered the meeting of Kurdish Regional Government president Massoud Barzani with Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday in Ankara.
Barzani held separate talks with President Gul, Prime Minister Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in meetings which were closed to the media.
During Barzani's meeting with Erdogan, the pair discussed security and stability in Iraq as well as bilateral relations and energy, said sources from the Turkish prime ministry.
MILLIYET pointed to claims that Barzani came to Turkey to collect payments from oil revenues transferred to Turkey’s Halkbank.
Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz, however, denied the claims saying: "They are here to make the temporary accounts permanent", the daily reported.
Turkey exports Kurdish oil to international markets; payments for these exports are deposited with Turkey's Halkbank. Last month, US$93 million was deposited from the sales of Kurdish oil.
VATAN said Barzani and Erdogan discussed stability in Iraq and stressed the need for a 'new political start' in the country, where the level of sectarian violence has risen since Sunni fighters took control of large areas of northern and western Iraq last month.Last Mod: 15 Temmuz 2014, 11:57