United States has sacrificed its role as Middle East mediator, says Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a crowd during the congress of the ruling Justice and Development Party's Ankara youth branches at the Ankara Sports Hall in the capital Ankara Turkey

The Turkish president on Monday condemned the developents in Gaza describing Israeli violence against Palestinian protests as a "genocide", APA rpeorts quoting Anadolu Agency.

Thousands had earlier marched through central Istanbul to denounce the bloodshed as the United States moved its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in defiance of widespread outrage in the Islamic world.

"This provocation will only worsen the problems in the region and cause a deeper mark in the Israeli-Palestinian relationship, and will make peace in the region more hard", Mr. Yildirim added.

In Istanbul around 2,000 people marched down the main Istiklal Street, carrying banners saying "Jerusalem belongs to Muslims" and "Murderer Israel, get out of Palestine".

President Erdogan also said that the Turkish Red Crescent would deliver humanitarian aid to hospitals in Gaza.

"Israel is wreaking state terror".

"What Israel has done is a genocide".

Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag told reporters in Ankara that Turkey was recalling its ambassadors to the United States and Israel "for consultations".

U.S. President Donald Trump sparked an worldwide outcry last December when he unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and vowed to relocate the U.S. embassy to the city. "As it was before, Jerusalem will continue to be independent Palestine's capital", he said.

Erdogan called the USA embassy move from Tel Aviv to the disputed city of Jerusalem "very, very unfortunate" and said it "will increase tensions and ignite an even greater fire between communities".

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