UPDATED 7:24 AM PT — Thurs. May 17, 2018
The president of Turkey is criticizing the UN for not punishing Israel after 60 Palestinian protesters were killed during demonstrations this week.
In a speech Wednesday, President Tayyip Erdogan said the Turkish government is urging the UN Security Council to condemn Israel following the fatal events at the Gaza Strip, which he described as a genocide.
He added, Turkey is working to evacuate the remaining injured protesters and promised the Palestinian people his full support in their conflict with Israel.
“Even if the whole world shuts their eyes, we will not allow Israeli cruelty,” said Erdogan. “We will continue to be with our Palestinian brothers not only with our hearts, but with all our resources.”
The Turkish government has since called for a meeting with members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Friday to discuss the ongoing conflict in the region.