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Turkey: Erdogan weeps on hearing poem to dead girl00:42

Turkey: Erdogan weeps on hearing poem to dead girl

Turkey, Istanbul
August 24, 2013 at 06:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

Turkey: Erdogan weeps on hearing poem to dead girl

A poem written by a senior Muslim Brotherhood politician about the death of his 17-year-old daughter left the Turkish prime minister in tears on Thursday.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan wept on television and appeared lost for words when interviewed after having heard the poem read out. The poem was written by Mohammed el-Beltagi about his daughter, Rabia, who died during a recent protest in Cairo.

Erdogan said: “Once, my daughter asked me to spend one night at home with her but I was working hard and could not spare time for her … I saw my own children in el-Beltagi’s letter.”

The Turkish premier cried on camera at the deaths of children in Gaza in 2010.

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Turkey: Erdogan weeps on hearing poem to dead girl

A poem written by a senior Muslim Brotherhood politician about the death of his 17-year-old daughter left the Turkish prime minister in tears on Thursday.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan wept on television and appeared lost for words when interviewed after having heard the poem read out. The poem was written by Mohammed el-Beltagi about his daughter, Rabia, who died during a recent protest in Cairo.

Erdogan said: “Once, my daughter asked me to spend one night at home with her but I was working hard and could not spare time for her … I saw my own children in el-Beltagi’s letter.”

The Turkish premier cried on camera at the deaths of children in Gaza in 2010.

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