U.S. has lost 'mediator role' in Middle East: Turkish President Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a crowd during the congress of the ruling Justice and Development Party's Ankara youth branches at the Ankara Sports Hall in the capital Ankara Turkey

The United States had forfeited its role as a mediator in the Middle East by moving its Israel embassy to Jerusalem, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

At least 55 Palestinian demonstrators have been killed Monday - and hundreds more injured - by Israeli army forces deployed along the Gaza border, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Erdogan said there would be three days of mourning for those killed in Gaza and planned a large rally in Istanbul for Friday.

Thousands had earlier marched through central Istanbul to denounce the bloodshed as the USA moved its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in defiance of widespread outrage in the Islamic world.

"I curse this drama of humanity and genocide, no matter from which side it comes from, either America or Israel", Erdogan was quoted as saying by the state-run Anadolu news agency while he visited Britain.

The Palestinian protests will be continued on Tuesday, too as the culmination of the "Nakba" commemoration is near.

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On Thursday, Mahathir Mohamad was sworn in as Malaysia's new prime minister, becoming the world's oldest elected leader at 92. But the new prime minister said on Sunday: "Even though we support freedom of press and freedom of speech, there are limits".

The politician called Israel "a terrorist state" and noted that Turkey would continue supporting Palestine.

"Today will go down in the history as Bloody Monday for Muslims and Islamic countries", Bozdag said.

He said Turkey, as the term president of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), has called for an emergency meeting on May 18, adding that Turkey's parliament will convene with a special agenda.

"Jerusalem's historic and spiritual status will never change".

Bozdag also said the Turkish government had recalled envoys in Tel Aviv and Washington for consultations.

Violent clashes erupted along Gaza's border as the U.S. opened its Israel embassy in Jerusalem in a ceremony attended by a White House delegation and Israeli officials. Various injuries received 2.4 thousand protesters.

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