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Erdogan Warns Israel Not to Go After Hamas in Turkey

The Turkish president has previously referred to Hamas as a “liberation group.”
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan delivers a national statement at the World Climate Action Summit during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 1, 2023. Reuters
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan delivers a national statement at the World Climate Action Summit during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 1, 2023. Reuters

On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Erdogan warned Israel that it would face severe consequences if it tried to assassinate Hamas associates living in his country.

Speaking to reporters on a flight home from the U.N. World Climate Action Summit in Doha, Erdogan said that any attempt to pursue Hamas members within his nation’s borders would have “very serious” consequences, and that Jerusalem “will pay the price for this very, very heavily.”

The government in Ankara has in the past been criticized for its failure to designate Hamas as a terrorist organization and for allowing the Gaza based group to operate freely in the West Asian nation.

The warning was in response to the Sunday release of recordings made by Shin Bet Director Ronen Bar, by Israel’s Kan public broadcaster. In his commentary, Bar described some possible punitive measures to be taken against Hamas’s many cohorts around the world.

In the Kan report, Bar stated that Israeli security agencies are committed to killing Hamas operatives “in every location, in Gaza, in the West Bank, in Lebanon, in Turkey, in Qatar, everyone.”

When referring to any instructions that his agency may have from the government, the internal security chief said, “The cabinet set a goal for us, to take out Hamas, and we are determined to do it, this is our Munich.”

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