Turkish leader Erdogan labels Israel a 'terrorist state'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has renewed his condemnation of Israel's assault on the Gaza Strip, labeling the country a "terrorist state."

Erdogan was speaking on Wednesday at a parliamentary group meeting of the ruling party in the capital Ankara.

He described Israel's actions as a massacre, and said the country will be condemned globally as a "terrorist state" if the aggression continues.

Erdogan vowed to work toward isolating Israel internationally, while expressing his support for Gaza.

He also slammed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying he will soon be a "goner" from his post.

Erdogan doubled down on his pledge to defend Hamas, saying the group is a political party elected by Palestinians.

Turkey has recalled its ambassador to Israel in response to the escalation in violence. Erdogan has also discussed the crisis by telephone with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh.

The Turkish government has sent field hospital equipment, medical supplies and 20 ambulances to Egypt, which borders Gaza.

On Wednesday, the Turkish and Egyptian health ministers discussed a plan to evacuate cancer patients from Gaza and treat them in Turkey.