Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday urged Israel to halt its military offensive in Gaza, warning that further escalation would only bring “more pain, death and tears.”
“Expanding attacks on Gaza will bring nothing but more pain, death and tears,” Erdogan wrote on X, a social media platform previously known as Twitter.
Erdogan repeated his call for Israel to stop “its attacks against civilians” and end the operation that began on Oct. 7, when Hamas militants fired thousands of rockets at Israel and seized hundreds of hostages.
“It is clear that security cannot be ensured by bombing hospitals, schools, mosques, and churches,” he added.
Erdogan also appealed to all countries and international organizations to “sincerely support the efforts to establish an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza,” pledging Türkiye’s continuous efforts to de-escalate the situation.