Erdogan warns Herzog against collective punishment for Gaza

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken with President Isaac Herzog, Erdogan’s office announces.

Erdogan warns that steps that harm Gazans indiscriminately “will further increase the sufferings and the spiral of violence in the region.”

He also pushes for “the immediate restoration of peace in the region.”

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant earlier ordered a “complete siege” of Gaza, saying authorities would cut electricity and block the entry of food and fuel.

Erdogan also spoke with Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Prime Minister Najib Mikati of Lebanon, and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, his office says.

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