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Erdogan: Turkey not to give up on Jerusalem

Ankara, (UNA-OIC) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday expressed Turkey's resolve to not give up on Jerusalem.

"We are determined to not give up on our rights on Jerusalem. We will never leave our first qiblah [direction towards which Muslims pray] to the mercy of a state which feeds on blood, tears, and occupation for decades," Erdogan said during an iftar (fast-breaking) dinner with ambassadors in capital Ankara.

"We will continue our fight until Jerusalem becomes home of peace, tranquility, and dignity for all three monotheistic religions, he said.

About the US move to shift its embassy to Jerusalem, the president said the hands of the US are covered with the blood of Palestinian children.

US President Donald Trump sparked an international outcry last December when he unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and vowed to relocate Washington's embassy to the city.

The embassy was officially relocated last Monday, prompting thousands of Palestinians to stage demonstrations near the security fence separating Gaza from Israel.

Scores of Palestinians were martyred -- and hundreds more injured -- when Israeli troops responded to the demonstrations with heavy gunfire.

The American administration has no longer the right to talk on human rights, democracy and peace anymore, he added.

Referring to current regional tensions, Erdogan pointed out diplomacy as a means of solving crises has been eroding.

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Source: International Islamic News Agency