Erdogan calls on US, UN Security Council to pressure Israel on Gaza truce

Erdogan calls on US, UN Security Council to pressure Israel on Gaza truce

Madrid: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday called on members of the United Nations Security Council, particularly the United States, to pressure Israel into a ceasefire in Gaza after the Council backed a US proposal earlier this week.

Speaking in Madrid alongside Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, Erdogan said Ankara welcomed any ceasefire proposals that would end the Gaza war, adding Washington’s stance on Israel’s operations there were “truly upsetting” Turkiye.

Meanwhile, Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah group said it fired a new wave of rockets and drones at the Israeli army, after an Israeli strike killed one of its senior commanders.

It was Hezbollah’s largest simultaneous attack in near-daily cross-border fire between it and the Israeli army since its ally Hamas’s October 7 attack on Israel triggered the Gaza war.

Hezbollah fighters launched “an attack with rockets and drones, targeting six barracks and military sites” while simultaneously flying “squadrons of explosive-laden drones” at three other Israeli bases, the group said in a statement.

One of the targets included an Israeli base that Hezbollah said housed an intelligence headquarters “responsible for the assassinations.”

Hezbollah said the attacks were “part of the response to the assassination” of Hezbollah commander Taleb Abdallah on Tuesday.