Istanbul, February 10: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Islamic countries to act in unity in response to the ongoing Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. He made the remarks on Friday when addressing the fifth General Assembly of the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum in Istanbul via video message, Xinhua news agency reported.

"We are continuing our diplomatic contacts so that Islamic countries can act together against the Israeli cruelty in Gaza," Erdogan said. The President noted that his country is also working hard "to ensure that the crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by Israel are not overlooked in the international arena". He reiterated Turkey's commitment to supporting the establishment of an independent, sovereign, and globally recognised Palestinian state. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken Meets With Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu Amid Israel-Hamas War (Watch Video)

"We will continue our struggle until an independent and territorially integrated Palestinian state is established on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital," Erdogan said. After Hamas launched a surprise attack and killed around 1,200 people in southern Israel on October 7, 2023, Israel mounted a massive military offensive against Hamas-ruled Gaza. Israel-Palestine War: ‘Hamas Does Not Care About People’, Son of Hamas Founder Mosab Hassan Yousef (Watch Video)

Since then, the Palestinian death toll from the ongoing Israeli attacks in the enclave has risen to 27,947, the Hamas-run Health Ministry said on Friday.

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