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Erdogan writes to the Pope: Humanity must not allow further violations in Gaza

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a letter addressed to Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic Church, said that humanity should no longer allow violations of international and humanitarian law in Gaza.

In a letter about Palestine, Erdogan expressed gratitude for the improved relations between Turkey and the Vatican, stressing that Ankara, with the motto of humanitarian diplomacy, has supported the territorial integrity of Ukraine since 2014, when the illegal annexation of Crimea took place, and "that she has been and continues to be at the forefront of protecting the right to life and the just war of innocent Palestinian civilians", Anadolu Agency reports.

"Humanity, aware that killing is forbidden by all Abrahamic religions, must no longer allow violations of international and humanitarian law in Gaza. We must raise our voice against the deliberate bombing of hospitals, schools, mosques and churches. It is not possible to establish lasting peace and stability in the Middle East without a fair solution to the Palestinian-Israeli issue," he said.

Erdogan reiterated that an independent, sovereign and geographically integrated Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital, "must take its place in the global system as an equal member of the international community."