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Erdogan, Raisi urge immediate end to Israel's Gaza attacks

Published : 10 Nov 2023, 01:58

Updated : 10 Nov 2023, 02:00

  DF News Desk
People conduct rescue work among residential buildings destroyed in an Israeli strike in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis, Nov. 9, 2023. Photo: Xinhua by Yasser Qudih.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday called for an immediate end to the bombardments and siege on the Gaza Strip, reported Xinhua, quoting Iran's official news agency IRNA.

The two presidents made the appeal in a meeting on the sidelines of the 16th Summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization in the Uzbek capital Tashkent, during which they also held comprehensive negotiations on the latest developments in Gaza, the report said.

Raisi and Erdogan also highlighted the necessity to make "practical and effective" decisions in an extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) scheduled for the Saudi capital Riyadh on Sunday, according to IRNA.

The month-long Israel-Hamas conflict has so far led to the deaths of over 10,500 Palestinians in Gaza. On the Israeli side, more than 1,400 people lost their lives, with the majority in the Hamas attack on Oct. 7, which triggered the ongoing conflict.

Raisi is expected to visit Riyadh for the upcoming emergency meeting of the OIC's heads of state on Palestine's issue, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported on Monday.

The trip will be the first visit by Iran's president to Saudi Arabia since the two countries reached a landmark deal to normalize relations in March.