Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Reports say Turkey and South Africa have recalled their ambassadors to Israel in protest of the Israeli military’s deadly response to riots on the Gaza border.

Turkey has also recalled its ambassador to the United States.

The announcement was made by Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag, who also declared three days of mourning over the 55 Palestinians the Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza said were killed in the riots.

“Israel is wreaking state terror. Israel is a terror state,” Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Turkish students in London 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.

“We will continue to stand with Palestinian people with determination,” he added.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said Jerusalem was aware of reports on Turkey’s intention to recall its ambassador but had not received an official notice.


South Africa does the same

Meanwhile, Turkey’s announcement came after South Africa announced the immediate recall of its ambassador to Israel in protest of the Gaza deaths.

Monday’s clashes, the deadliest yet in the weeks-long violent “March of Return” protests, came the same day the US inaugurated its new embassy in Jerusalem.

-The Times of Israel