Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan making the Rabia sign, which protests the Egyptian army's coup d'état in July 2013

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan making the Rabia sign, which opposes the Egyptian army’s coup d’état in July 2013

Turkey’s Prime Minister has accused Israel of “barbarism that surpasses Hitler” during its ground invasion of Gaza.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the comment during a campaign speech in the Black Sea port city of Ordu.

He is running for the presidency in elections next month and has been speaking out strongly against Israel during its offensive against Hamas militants in Gaza, which has killed more than 300 Palestinians.

Mr Erdogan accuses Israel of using disproportionate force. He has also said the operation there has derailed efforts to normalise Turkish-Israeli ties, which soured after Israel‘s 2010 raid on an aid ship that killed eight Turks and one Turkish-American.