Turkey urges Israel to 'immediately stop' Gaza strikes

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Turkey urges Israel to 'immediately stop' Gaza strikes

Ankara: Turkey called on Israel to "immediately stop" strikes against the Gaza Strip, urging the international community to act as the escalation in violence threatened to descend into full-blown conflict.

"Israel must immediately stop its attacks against the Gaza population," Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said, quoted by state news agency Anadolu.

"The international community, which stays silent in the face of Israel's attacks, must take responsibility and take action," he added.

Barrages of rocket and mortar fire into Israel and Israeli air strikes on Gaza this week have threatened a new war between the two sides.

Six Palestinians were killed in less than 24 hours while dozens of residents were injured in Israel following rockets and mortar rounds from the Gaza Strip. A Palestinian living in southern Israel was also killed.

APP/AFP