Turkey condemns Israel’s ‘systematic genocide’ in Gaza

Turkey condemns Israel’s ‘systematic genocide’ in Gaza
Thu Jul 17, 2014 23:18:03

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has strongly denounced Israel’s ‘systematic genocide’ of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, as the Tel Aviv regime continues bombing and killing civilians.

Erdogan made the remarks on Thursday at a meeting of Islamic scholars to mark the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Istanbul.

"This is not the first time we have been confronted by such situations. Since (the creation of Israel) in 1948 we have been witnessing" similar acts by Israel "every day and every month,” the Turkish Premier said.

He added that the Western countries have remained silent on the Israeli crimes in the holy month of Ramadan, just because the voice of Palestinians goes unheard in the international community.

Israel has begun its airstrikes on the besieged enclave since July 8, killing at least 231 people and injuring 1,700 others. About a third of the Palestinian fatalities are women and children.

Erdogan  also slammed the United Nations, which he said is following a hidden agenda.

"What is the UN doing? Why has it been founded? For world peace? Does it contribute to the world peace? No." UN is just following its "secret agenda," he said.

This came as Israel and Palestinian resistance groups have resumed attacks after a five-hour ceasefire requested by the UN to allow humanitarian aid into the besieged enclave ended.

At least three children were killed in Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza City right after the temporary truce ended.


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