Turkey Condemns Israel 's 'Ruthless' Attacks on Gaza
TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned Israel's relentless attacks on the Gaza Strip as "ruthless" as he embarked on a regional tour aimed at halting the "dangerous developments" of recent days.
"We have been deeply concerned over the developments in Gaza since this ruthless operation began on Saturday," Erdogan told reporters on Wednesday before flying to Syria, the first stop on his tour.
"The objective of my tour is to help stop these dangerous developments," he said.
"The attacks on Gaza should stop immediately and a permanent ceasefire should be urgently secured to prevent irreversible developments in the region," he added.
Erdogan said he was to hold talks first with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, followed by meetings with Jordan's King Abdullah II and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas in the Jordanian city of Aqaba later in the day.
He was to return to Ankara and then travel to the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh Thursday for talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
He said the last stop on his tour would be Saudia Arabia, where he would meet King Abdullah Saturday.
The Israeli air strikes on Gaza have so far killed at least 390 Palestinians.
Israel ruled out a temporary truce Wednesday, saying it would only mull a permanent ceasefire as jets pounded Hamas targets for a fifth day.