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Turkey seeks 'air corridor' to treat Gaza wounded

Palestinians who were displaced from their houses due fighting between Israel's army and Hamas fighters return to recover belongings from their destroyed homes in Gaza City's Shejaiya neighbourhood August 1, 2014. (AFP Photo/Mahmoud Hams)

ANKARA: Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutogolu says his country wants to establish an air corridor to bring seriously wounded people from Gaza to Turkey for treatment.

In a television interview late Wednesday, Davutoglu said either Israel or Egypt would need to make an airport available for Turkey's use. If that's not possible, he says Turkey would set up a field hospital in the region to treat the wounded.

Davutoglu said: "We want to build an air corridor made up of air ambulances to bring the seriously wounded."

Nearly 1,900 Palestinians have been killed in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, three-quarters of them civilians, according to the United Nations. Israel says some 900 Palestinian militants were among the dead. Sixty-four Israeli soldiers and three civilians inside Israel were also killed.

 

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