Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Israel to “immediately stop this madness” and end its “attacks” on targets in Gaza as Israeli forces intensified strikes on the Palestinian territory. Israel announced an expanded ground operation as it knocked out communications and created a near-blackout of information in the Gaza Strip.

“The Israeli bombardments on Gaza intensified last night and once again targeted women, children and innocent civilians and worsened the ongoing humanitarian crisis,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on X, formerly Twitter.