Turkish, Emirati ministers discuss Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Turkish source

Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan discussed the fighting between Israeli and Palestinian forces with his counterpart from the United Arab Emirates in a call on Sunday, a Turkish foreign ministry source said.

The source did not provide any further details on the call. Since the fighting began on Saturday, Fidan has also held calls with his US, Saudi, Qatari, Egyptian, Palestinian, Iranian, Spanish and Jordanian counterparts.

The UAE foreign ministry on Sunday described attacks carried out by Palestinian militia group Hamas against Israeli towns as a “serious and grave escalation.”

In a statement, the ministry also said it was “appalled” by reports Israeli civilians were taken as hostages from their homes.

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