Turkey Slams Israel Over Attempts to 'Reduce Jerusalem's Islamic Character'

Ahmet Davutoglu was speaking to reporters in the central Turkish city of Konya on Sunday, a day after meeting with exiled Hamas chief Khaled Meshal.

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Hamas chief Khaled Meshal and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu at the annual AKP conference, December 27, 2014.
Hamas chief Khaled Meshal and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu at the annual AKP conference, December 27, 2014.Credit: AFP

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says Turkey stands behind Palestinians in their efforts to oppose what calls Israeli attempts to "reduce the Islamic character" of Jerusalem.

Davutoglu was speaking to reporters in the central Turkish city of Konya on Sunday, a day after meeting with exiled Hamas chief Khaled Meshal.

Violent demonstrations led Israel in November to briefly restrict Muslim access to the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

The move fueled accusations that Israel was secretly plotting to take over the site, despite Israeli denials.

Davutoglu said: "Turkey won't accept any impositions concerning Al-Aqsa."

Turkish-Israeli relations broke down in 2010 after an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla.

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