Turkish media agencies have reported that Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayiip Erdogan, will be visiting the Gaza Strip on July 5 to meet with Ismail Hanniya of Hamas, and several Palestinian officials in the coastal region.Sources at the Hamas-led Palestinian government in Gaza stated that a number of Turkish officials recently held a meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister of the Hamasl-led government in Gaza, Ismail Haniyya, and deputy Foreign Minister, Ghazi Hamad.

The meeting focused on arrangements and preparations of the planned visit.

The Turkish PM said that the protests taking place in Turkey initially caused a delay to the visit that was initially set for June.

The Hamas-led government in Gaza confirmed the reports, and said that a Turkish government delegation and Turkish media crews are currently in Gaza, and already held a meeting with Haniyya to discuss details of the planned visit.

Despite media reports of an addition delay to the visit, government sources in Gaza said that the planned July visit has not been delayed.