Mehmet Görmez, president of Turkey’s Presidency of Religious Affairs, visited the coastal enclave of Gaza on the invitation of Palestinian Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ismail al-Sheikh.

Israel has violated human rights of Palestinians and used internationally banned weapons against civilians in Gaza, Turkey’s head of religious affairs said, during his first visit to the Gaza Strip on Sunday.

Referring to Israeli government’s eight-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, Görmez said that the people of Gaza had free minds and free hearts despite the daily horrors they faced.

He said that the Israeli army had used internationally banned weapons in its anti-Palestinian deadly operations in the Gaza Strip.

“Israel used internationally banned weapons and violated religious and human rights [of Palestinians]. Israel must be prosecuted,” he added.