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Turkey Evacuates Wounded Gazans

Erdogan says his country has started to evacuate wounded people from Gaza to Turkey for treatment.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 8/11/2014, 5:42 AM

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
AFP/File

Newly elected Turkish President and outgoing Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said Sunday night his country has started to evacuate wounded people from Gaza to Turkey for treatment, according to The Associated Press (AP).

Erdogan did not provide details, but the state-run Anadolu agency said a Turkish air ambulance left for Israel late on Sunday to transport four people to Turkey for treatment in hospitals in the capital Ankara.

The agency said a child was among the wounded.

Erdogan made the announcement during a victory speech hours after he was elected president in Turkey's first direct vote for the position.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said this week that Turkey was working to establish an air corridor to bring the seriously wounded to Turkey, noted AP.

Erdogan has been a vocal critic of Israel throughout its self-defense operation in Gaza, likening its operation to the actions of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

He has threatened to end the normalization process with Israel over "state terrorism", accused Israel of "lies" because "not enough" Israeli Jews have died in the conflict and has compared Jewish Home MK Ayelet Shaked to Hitler.