Turkish Premier Erdogan Says Hamas Not A Terrorist Organization

KONYA - Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he did not see HAMAS as a terrorist organization adding that Hamas was only defending their territory.

Erdogan who commented on the deadly Israeli attack on the Gaza-bound aid flotilla which killed 9 people 8 of whom were Turkish citizens,regarded the attack as state terrorism.

Erdogan who referred to the ten commandments, pronounced the 6th commandment "thou shall not kill" in Turkish, English and Jewish.

He said no one should try to put Turkey to test adding that the attack was the manifestation of the paranoid and the traumatic state of mind Israeli government was in.

He said Turkey would continue to stand by Palestine and Gaza even if the whole world turned their back on them.

"Hamas is a resistance group fighting to defend their land. They won the elections in Palestine. But they are serving time in Israeli prisons though they won the elections. I also told these to U.S. officials. I don't accept Hamas as a terrorist organization. They won the elections, but they were denied the chance to govern" said Erdogan.

On Monday, Israeli navy forces stormed a flotilla of aid ships of IHH --a Turkish humanitarian relief organization-- bound for Gaza, killing 9 people and injuring 30 others. The eight of the victims were Turkish citizens.

The attack which created global reaction, brought the relations between Turkey and Israel to the verge of breaking.

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