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Erdogan accuses Israel of 'genocide' over Gaza deaths

AFP  |  Ankara 

Turkish today accused of "state terror" and "genocide" after Israeli forces killed at least 55 Palestinians on the border.

In one of his most vehement broadsides ever against the Jewish state, Erdogan also announced three days of national mourning over the deaths, as well as a giant protest in on Friday.

Thousands had earlier marched through central to denounce the bloodshed as the US moved its embassy from to in defiance of widespread outrage in the Islamic world.

"is wreaking state terror. Israel is a terror state," Erdogan told Turkish students in in a speech broadcast by state television.

"What Israel has done is a genocide. I condemn this humanitarian drama, the genocide, from whichever side it comes, Israel or America," he added.

Deputy told reporters in that was recalling its to the and Israel "for consultations".

Bozdag also said was calling an emergency meeting of the (OIC) on Friday, but did not give details over its format.

Violent clashes erupted along Gaza's border as the US opened its in in a ceremony attended by a delegation and Israeli officials. Erdogan and other Turkish officials have repeatedly condemned the US decision to move the embassy, warning it risked inflaming tensions.

The Turkish 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.

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

However also maintains full trade and diplomatic links with the Jewish state after a 2016 reconciliation deal ended a dispute over the deadly storming of a Turkish ship by Israeli commandos.

earlier on Monday accused the US of sharing responsibility with Israel over the deaths in

"The United States, unfortunately, took its place without complaint alongside the in this massacre of civilians and became a party to this crime against humanity," said.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 02:45 IST