Israeli Consulate in Turkey Defends Campaign On Gaza

Demonstrators burn an Israeli flag during a protest in support of Palestinians, in front of the Israeli consulate in IstanbulThe Israeli consulate in Turkey has issued a statement on the recent escalation in Gaza Strip, saying the military campaign is aimed at stopping Hamas attacks.

“Israel yesterday launched an operation to end missile and rocket attacks, which started June 12 by Hamas in Gaza. The aim is to stop Hamas attacks to save citizens from the circle of fire and provide them safety and peace,” the written statement said.

It accuses Hamas of not showing restraint in the escalation and putting both Israeli and Palestinian lives at risk. The statement also rejected claims that Israel has placed an embargo on the Hamas-controlled enclave.