Turkey issues directive for moment of silence for Palestinians

Hurriyet Daily News Online
13 Ocak 2009 - 13:00Son Güncelleme : 13 Ocak 2009 - 13:39

Turkey's Education Ministry issued a directive to school administrations calling for a minute of silence for the Palestinians killed in the Israeli offensive, the latest move of the government to show its disapproval of the recent situation in Gaza. (UPDATED)

Turkish school students stood for a minute of silence at 11:00 a.m. (0900 GMT) in accordance with a direction issued by Education Minister Huseyin Celik. "This show of respect damns not only the cruelty in the Palestine, but also shows solidarity with the Palestinian people," the directive said.

More than 900 Palestinians, about half of them civilians, were killed in Gaza in the 18-day-old Israeli offensive against Hamas, according to medics.

The Turkish government has harshly slammed the Israeli operations in Gaza. Earlier the Istanbul municipality cancelled New Year celebrations in Taksim Square amid ongoing protests against Israel.

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