Gaza: Turks begin Israeli boycott, declare 3-days mourning

22 July, 11:39

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, JULY 22 - Municipal authorities in Turkey are backing a boycott of Israeli goods in response to Israel's military attack on Gaza, which has claimed nearly 600 lives so far, as Anadolu Agency reports. Authorities in Istanbul, Ankara, Bursa and cities and towns across the country are refusing to stock Israeli products in shops, cafes and recreation centers they manage and are calling on residents not to buy them. As well as Israeli goods, many are also banning Coca-Cola in protest at U.S. support for Israel. The boycott expanded across the country through social media with posts listing goods produced in Israel or by companies closely linked to Israel. Meanwhile, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc has announced three days of mourning beginning on Tuesday to show solidarity with Palestinians against the Israeli campaign on Gaza. Arinc said Turkey condemns Israel's massacre on Palestinians and he described Israel's military operation, as an "atrocity that has almost turned into a genocide." Turkey is conducting diplomatic talks with its neighboring countries as well as the U.S. and the UN Security Council to help to resolve the situation in Gaza, he added. Since July 7, Israel has pounded the embattled coastal enclave with fierce air and naval bombardments with the stated aim of halting Palestinian rocket fire. (ANSAmed).

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