Claim: Erdogan does little for Gaza

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Claim: Erdogan does little for Gaza

2016-04-27 09:16 BST

Zulfikar Dogan claims in Al-Monitor that Turkey’s President Erdogan and Prime Minister Davutoglu do little other than shedding tears for Palestine’s Gaza

Smoke rises after an Israeli airstrike on Gaza, Palestine on 29 July 2014.

On 25 April 2016, Zulfikar Dogan  had an article published in Al-Monitor in which it was claimed that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu “shed tears for Gaza, but do little else.”1
However, Turkey has provided aid for Gaza amounting to millions of dollars and carried out diplomatic negotiations in order to solve the crisis in the region, and this especially escalated after the 2014 Israeli onslaught.
For example, in 2014, Turkey provided $76.3 million of aid to Gaza. The Turkish Consulate-General in Jerusalem, Mustafa Sarnic, said: “The Palestine issue is a bleeding wound of all mankind. As Turkey, we do our best in this regard. About $369 million aid was given to Gaza in the last 10 years,” addressing journalists in his residence on 28 May 2015.2
Additionally, Erdogan’s spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, declared “what happens in Gaza is unnacceptable, the occupation by Israel must end.”3
Currently, Turkey is in diplomatic negotiations with Israel to lift the Israeli embargo on Gaza Strip and to allow aid material from Turkey.4 Turkey repeatedly expressed it would be impossible to normalize ties between Turkey and Israel unless the blockade in Gaza is lifted.5