Davutoğlu, Clinton discuss Gaza crisis

Davutoğlu, Clinton discuss Gaza crisis

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu. (Photo: Reuters)

November 15, 2012, Thursday/ 14:09:00/ TODAYSZAMAN.COM

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu talked with his US counterpart, Hillary Clinton, on phone on Israeli attacks on Gaza.

Diplomatic sources said Clinton and Davutoğlu stressed the importance of de-escalating tensions in the region by taking steps.

Israel exchanged the fiercest fire with Hamas in years after assassinating its military mastermind and threatening a wider offensive in the Gaza Strip to stem Palestinian rocket salvoes.

Launched on Wednesday during a deceptive lull in almost a week of surging cross-border violence, Israel's air assault had an intensity recalling the outset of the 2008-2009 Gaza war. The Palestinian death toll was 13 while three Israelis killed.

Davutoğlu and Clinton also discussed the latest situation in Syria and Turkish-Syrian border tensions.

Turkey sent fighter jets to its southeastern frontier with Syria for a second day on Thursday, following an air assault this week by Syrian warplanes on the opposition-held border town of Ras al-Ain.


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