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Israeli and Turkish leaders in ‘terror’ row amid Jerusalem protests

Relations between Israel and Turkey have soured after their leaders traded insults days after President Trump sparked fury by recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has warned of the consequences of Mr Trump’s decision, called Israel a “terrorist state” that “kills children”.

Mr Erdogan said: “We won’t leave Jerusalem to the mercy of a child-murdering country”, accusing Israel of having no values other than “occupation and plunder”.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking at a press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, hit back by calling Mr Erdogan a leader who “bombs Kurdish villagers” and “helps terrorists”.

Protests across Middle East over Jerusalem

Since last year, relations between Israel and Turkey had begun to improve with Israel agreeing to pay compensation to the families of nine Turkish people killed in an Israeli raid on a flotilla that was heading to Gaza in 2010.

But now they appear to have substantially worsened.

Mr Trump’s controversial announcement on Wednesday that he would be relocating the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has been followed by days of protests and clashes in the Palestinian territories.

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The Arab League and many European nations, including the UK and France, have expressed disapproval of Mr Trump’s decision.

Mr Macron has appealed for calm in the Middle East and urged Mr Netanyahu to “show courage in his dealings with the Palestinians to get us out of the current dead-end”.

Mr Netanyahu has praised Mr Trump’s decision as “historic” and he explained Jerusalem “has always been our capital and it has never been the capital of any other people”.

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Since the President’s announcement, tens of thousands of people have demonstrated in Muslim and Arab countries, including Jordan, Turkey, Pakistan and Malaysia.

Further protests were held in Lebanon, Indonesia, Egypt and the Palestinian territories on Sunday.

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Police said a Palestinian man stabbed an Israeli security guard at Jerusalem’s main bus station, leaving him in a critical condition. The alleged attacker was then detained after he was tackled by a passer-by.

And Lebanese security forces fired tear gas and water cannon at several hundred demonstrators near the US embassy in Beirut.

Protesters waved Palestinian and Lebanese flags and anti-Trump chanted slogans. Several people were injured by rocks, tear gas, and rubber bullets.

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