Hamas' Gaza Leader Names Grandson After Turkish PM Erdogan

Hamas leader Haniyeh wants Erdogan's name on every tongue in Gaza in honor of Turkey's tacit approval of blockade-busting Gaza flotilla in May.

The head of Gaza's Hamas government has named his newest grandson after the Turkish prime minister.

Ismail Haniyeh's newborn grandson Recep Tayyip Erdogan
AP

Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan is admired as a hero in Gaza because his government gave tacit approval to a May flotilla of pro-Palestinian activists that sought to break Israel's blockade of the territory.

An Israeli commando raid on the boats killed nine Turkish activists, including one with U.S. citizenship. It also prompted international criticism that forced Israel to loosen its blockade of Gaza.

Already rocky relations between Israel and Turkey have markedly deteriorated since the incident.

Hamas media reported on Tuesday that Gaza's Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh wants Erdogan's name reverberated on every tongue in Gaza.

Ismail Haniyeh

The 47-year-old Haniyeh has 11 children and 15 grandchildren.