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Turkey calls Israel’s hostage freeing mission ‘barbaric attack’

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June 09, 2024

Turkey has condemned Israel’s operation to free its hostages in the Gaza Strip as a “barbaric attack” and accused Israel of war crimes.

“With this latest barbaric attack, Israel has added a new one to the list of war crimes it has committed in Gaza,” the Foreign Ministry in Ankara said on Sunday, without mentioning the hostage rescue.

On Saturday, Israel’s military freed four people kidnapped from Israel during the October 7 massacres. They were found in the centre of the Gaza Strip after eight months of being held captive.

There were reportedly heavy air strikes and artillery fire that accompanied the rescue mission. Television pictures showed massive casualities and an overwhelmed hospital.

The Hamas media office said 210 Palestinians were killed and around 400 injured in Nuseirat, one of the locations where the operation took place. The information could not initially be independently verified.

The Israeli army said it was verifying the reports. Israeli army spokesman Daniel Hagari said there were fewer than 100 casualties.

The Hamas-controlled health authority and medical sources in the Gaza Strip previously spoke of 55 deaths.

A Palestinian man carries his injured little girl at Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital following simultaneous Israeli attacks on Nuseirat Refugee Camp, al-Bureij Refugee Camp and al-Maghazi Refugee Camp. Israeli special forces rescued four hostages in broad daylight on Saturday from the Nuseirat refugee district in the centre of the Gaza Strip after 246 days in captivity, the army said. Omar Naaman/dpa

Palestinians carry an injured man to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital following simultaneous Israeli attacks on Nuseirat Refugee Camp, al-Bureij Refugee Camp and al-Maghazi Refugee Camp. Israeli special forces rescued four hostages in broad daylight on Saturday from the Nuseirat refugee district in the centre of the Gaza Strip after 246 days in captivity, the army said. Omar Naaman/dpa

Injured Palestinians receive medical treatment at Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital following simultaneous Israeli attacks on Nuseirat Refugee Camp, al-Bureij Refugee Camp and al-Maghazi Refugee Camp. Israeli special forces rescued four hostages in broad daylight on Saturday from the Nuseirat refugee district in the centre of the Gaza Strip after 246 days in captivity, the army said. Omar Naaman/dpa

Body of a Palestinian girl, killed during simultaneous Israeli attacks on Nuseirat Refugee Camp, al-Bureij Refugee Camp and al-Maghazi Refugee Camp, arrives at Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah. Israeli special forces rescued four hostages in broad daylight on Saturday from the Nuseirat refugee district in the centre of the Gaza Strip after 246 days in captivity, the army said. Omar Naaman/dpa

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