Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged Israel to halt its military offensive in Gaza, warning that further escalation would only bring “more pain, death and tears”.“Expanding attacks on Gaza will bring nothing but more pain, death and tears,” Erdogan wrote on microblogging website X.

Erdogan repeated his call for Israel to stop “its attacks against civilians” and end the operation that began on October 7, when Hamas militants fired thousands of rockets at Israel and seized hundreds of hostages.