Turkish President Calls On UN to Punish Israel Following Deaths of Protesters

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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.

Palestinian medics and protesters evacuate a wounded youth, east of Khan Younis, in the Gaza Strip, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Israel faced a growing backlash Tuesday and new charges of using excessive force, a day after Israeli troops firing from across a border fence killed 59 Palestinians and wounded more than 2,700 at a mass protest in Gaza. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

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.

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