By Aynur Ekiz
LONDON (AA) – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke on Tuesday over the phone with Jordanian King Abdullah II, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad over recent developments at the Gaza border.
According to Turkish presidential sources, Erdogan spoke to King Abdullah II and the Malaysian PM separately.
The leaders discussed the U.S.' relocation of its embassy to Jerusalem and the Israeli troops' assault against Palestinians, the sources said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking with the media.
They also discussed possible steps to be taken over Israeli violence ahead of a planned emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Friday in Istanbul.
On Monday, Erdogan, who is in London for three-day official talks, spoke to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas over the phone.
According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, at least 61 Palestinian demonstrators have been martyred by cross-border Israeli gunfire in one of the deadliest single-day massacres in the country's history.
Thousands of Palestinians gathered on the Gaza Strip’s eastern border Monday to take part in mass rallies to commemorate the Nakba anniversary and protest the relocation of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Since the border rallies began on March 30, more than 100 Palestinian demonstrators have been killed by cross-border Israeli gunfire, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.
The rallies were expected to culminate on Tuesday, the 70th anniversary of Israel's establishment — an event Palestinians refer to as the "Nakba" or "the Catastrophe".
Last week, the Israeli government said the ongoing border protests constituted a “state of war” in which international humanitarian law did not apply.