A group of Turkish people gathered outside ?stanbul’s Fatih mosque on Wednesday night, hours after Israel launched what it said “broad operation” to root out rocket fires from Gaza into southern Israel.

Speaking to the crowd, Hamas political bureau chief Ebu Imad said the Turks have displayed their love towards Gaza and Palestine and added that fighters in the resistance [against Israel] “fear nothing.” He added that Gaza fighters could have less arms but “the spirit of martyrdom in their hearts is stronger than weapons of the enemy.”

Israeli aircraft, tanks and naval gunboats pounded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and rocket salvoes thudded into southern Israel on Thursday as terrified residents on both sides of the frontier holed up at their homes in anticipation of heavy fighting on the second day of Israel’s offensive against the Palestinians.

The operation, launched in response to several days of rocket fire from the coastal territory, was Israel’s most intense attack on Gaza since its full-scale war there four years ago.

Noting that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are conducting the attacks based on his reelection calculations, Imad said urged the entire Muslims to unite around the cause of Palestine.

Imad thanked Turkish people for standing by the Palestinians.

Felicity Party (SP) ?stanbul provincial chairman Selman Esmerer condemned the Israeli airstrikes and said he is appealing to the international community to ask why they are silent on Palestine while supporting the rights of animals.

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