Turkey humiliates Israeli ambassador on camera as he is kicked out of the country; Hamas confirms 50 of 62 casualties were Hamas members; Islamic Jihad confirms three of its militants in casualties; Egypt summons Hamas head, reports it holds Hamas solely responsible for events.
Protests and riots in the Gaza Strip significantly dropped on Tuesday into Wednesday after Egypt reportedly warned Hamas against further violence.
Hamas confirmed on Wednesday that 50 of the reported 62 casualties in the Gaza Strip on Monday were Hamas members amidst false media reports globally that the IDF is killing innocent civilians. Salah Bardawil, a senior Hamas official reported that 50 of those killed were “Hamas activists”, stating to Arabic media Wednesday “In the last rounds of confrontations, if 62 people were martyred, 50 of them were Hamas.”
Additionally, Islamic Jihad in Gaza reported three of the casualties were their militants.
These developments follow IDF reports early Wednesday that 24 of the casualties were confirmed Hamas or Islamic Jihad militants. Mixed reports claimed different figures of paid Hamas “activists” participating in the violent riots on the border with Israel, Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman reporting on Wednesday afternoon that “90% of demonstrators are paid by Hamas. Their families force them to come here.”
Meanwhile, Egypt announced it is holding Hamas directly responsible for the fatalities in the Gaza Strip. Egyptian officials summoned Hamas head Ismail Haniyeh following the terror and violent events on Israel’s border Monday. They reportedly rebuked Haniyeh and told him that Hamas is being held responsible for the flair of violence and casualties. Following his meeting in Cairo, protests dropped significantly.
Turkey on Wednesday expelled Israeli Ambassador Eitan Naeh and Israeli Consul General Yossi Levi Sfari. Turkish media filmed and reported Ambassador Naeh’s exit from Turkey, in which Turkish security at the airport humiliated the ambassador, subjecting him to excessive security checks.
In response, Israel ordered Turkish consul Husnu Gurcan Turkoglu to leave the country immediately.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continued his lies and accusation against the Jewish state on Wednesday, claiming that Hamas is not a terror organization and Israel is an “apartheid state that has occupied a defenseless people’s lands for 60-plus years in violation of U.N. resolutions. He has the blood of Palestinians on his hands and can’t cover up crimes by attacking Turkey.”
Prime Minister Netanyahu responded to Erdogan several times over the past few days, criticizing Turkey’s actions in Syria and against the Kurds. He stated Wednesday “The man who sends thousands of Turkish soldiers to maintain the occupation of northern Cyprus and invades Syria will not preach to us when we defend ourselves against invasion by Hamas. A man whose hands are drenched in the blood of countless Kurdish civilians in Turkey and Syria is the last one who can preach to us about military ethics.”
Photo: Hamas militants in Gaza, Wikimedia Commons, 2018.