Turkish-Israeli inter-parliamentary friendship group officials resign in protest of Israeli air raid over Gaza
www.chinaview.cn 2008-12-30 18:19:55   Print

Special report: Palestine-Israel Conflicts      

    ANKARA, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- Senior officials of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has resigned from the Turkish-Israeli Inter-Parliamentary friendship group over the Israeli attacks on Gaza Strip, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported on Tuesday.

    Egemen Bagis, deputy chairman of the ruling party, announced on Tuesday his resignation from the Turkish-Israeli Inter-Parliamentary friendship group, saying that Israel's attacks on Gaza have caused sorrow for the Jewish citizens of Turkey, and this move was a show of disrespect towards Turkey.

    On Monday, Murat Mercan, Chairman of Turkish Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee, also resigned as member of the Turkish-Israeli Inter-Parliamentary friendship group.

    "Israel's recent attack in Gaza tore a hole in people," Mercan, a deputy of the ruling AKP, was quoted as saying.

    "As what I can do is limited, I resigned in reaction to the attack. I also think that this operation was a sign of disrespect to Turkey," he said.

    More than 300 people were killed while hundreds of others injured in Israel's attacks on Gaza in the past three days.


Editor: Pliny Han
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