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Tue Jun 5, 2012, 07:19 PM

Turkey's Erdogan Slams Israel Over 'Open-Air Prison' In Gaza [View all]

AFP - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday used his keynote address at a regional World Economic Forum meeting to slam Israel over conditions in the Gaza Strip.

"People are being jailed in the world's largest open-air prison," Erdogan said, referring to Israel's nearly six-year-old blockade of Gaza, one of the issues that has led to a crumbling of ties between onetime allies.

In 2009, Erdogan provoked a spat with Israeli President Shimon Peres and stormed out of an annual WEF meeting in Davos, Switzerland, after accusing Israel of "murdering innocents by air strikes."

A staunch supporter of a sovereign Palestinian state, Erdogan on Tuesday also called on business people to channel investment to impoverished parts of the world, including the occupied Palestinian Territories.



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