Sahara Reporters reports that Hasan Bitmez, a Turkish member of parliament, unexpectedly died after suffering a heart attack on Tuesday during a plenary session. Fahrettin Koca, Turkey’s Health Minister, verified the news of his death. 54-year-old opposition Felicity (Saadet) Party member Hasan Bitmez passed away in Ankara City Hospital.
Bitmez, a graduate of Cairo’s Al Azhar University, had a notable background, serving as the chairman of the Centre for Islamic Union Research and contributing to various Islamic non-governmental organizations. His advocacy for Islamic causes and his critical stance on President Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AK Party garnered him popularity.
In a video posted by Visegrad 24, Bitmez was seen collapsing during the parliamentary session shortly after passionately criticizing the Israeli government for its actions in Gaza. His fellow parliamentarians swiftly came to his aid, and he was subsequently hospitalized.
Before his untimely demise, Hasan Bitmez had been a vocal critic of Turkey’s trade relations with Israel amid the conflict in Gaza. Despite the Turkish government’s rhetorical condemnation of Israel’s military actions, Bitmez consistently raised concerns about the ongoing trade between the two nations.