Turkish Protesters Attack Israeli Consulate

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Riot police uses water cannons and teargas to stop hundreds of pro-Palestinian Turks outside the Israeli consulate in Istanbul. July 18, 2014.Credit: AP

AP - Hundreds of protesters pelted the top Israeli diplomat's residence in Ankara with stones Thursday night, and the Dogan news agency said police in Istanbul dispersed protesters trying to enter the Israeli Consulate grounds.

Using his Twitter account, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Israel's ground operation is testing "the conscience of humanity."

Davutoglu called for emergency meetings of the U.N. Security Council, the U.N. Human Rights Council and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Turkish legislators leaving a late-night debate in parliament also protested against Israel. Turkey's foreign minister has "vehemently" condemned Israel's ground invasion of Gaza.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has strongly spoken out against Israel's bombardment of Gaza and said the operations are derailing Turkish and Israeli efforts to mend ties.