Erdogan - Abbas phone chat over U.S. embassy relocation and violence

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on May 14 condemned the "humanitarian tragedy" in Gaza, describing Israeli violence against Palestinian protesters as "genocide". Last week, he told CNN that the US Israeli embassy's move to Jerusalem was a "huge mistake".

At least 55 Palestinians were killed by Israeli army gunfire on Monday - and thousands more injured - during anti-occupation rallies along the Gaza Strip's eastern border, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

"Israel is carrying out state terror at the moment".

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The politician called Israel "a terrorist state" and noted that Turkey would continue supporting Palestine.

"The establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital is the only way for lasting peace and stability", he said.

"What Israel has done is a genocide".

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U.S. President Donald Trump sparked an global outcry last December when he unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and vowed to relocate the U.S. embassy to the city.

"We curse the massacre carried out by Israeli security forces, encouraged by this step, on the Palestinians participating in peaceful demonstrations", its statement said.

Erdogan regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause and previous year held a summit of Islamic countries to denounce US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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The Turkish president announced he was calling a "giant meeting" on Friday to protest Israel's actions at the vast Yenikapi area in Istanbul, which has capacity for more than a million people.

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