Erdogan: Netanyahu is a ‘psychopath’ and a ‘vampire that feeds on blood’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media during a press conference following the Friday noon prayer in Istanbul, May 3, 2024. (Khalil Hamra/AP Photo)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media during a press conference following the Friday noon prayer in Istanbul, May 3, 2024. (Khalil Hamra/AP Photo)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashes out at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling him a “psychopath” and a “vampire that feeds on blood,” following Israeli airstrikes on the southern Gaza city of Rafah that triggered a deadly fire in a camp for displaced people.

Israel has lamented the “tragic mishap” and said its strike on Hamas targets possibly ignited a hidden store of terror munitions that caused the fire.

In a speech to legislators from his ruling party, Erdogan holds the United States and European nations responsible for the deaths while also criticizing the Islamic Cooperation Organization for failing to take joint action against Israel.

“Oh, the American state, this blood is on your hands also. You are responsible for this genocide at least as much as Israel. Oh, the heads of state and government of Europe, you are also a party to Israel’s genocide, this barbarism, this vampire-like act of Israel, because you remained silent,” Erdogan says.

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