Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for an “immediate” end to Israel’s “despicable attacks” against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Muslims, and has called for the United Nations Security Council to intervene to “end these atrocities”.
“Israel’s actions that violate the decisions of the common organizations of humanity, human rights, international law and all human values must be stopped immediately,” said Erdogan.
In a message published on his account on the social network Twitter, the president emphasized that “no other person on earth will trust international organizations or standards”.
“Unless the United Nations Security Council takes immediate and effective action to put an end to this atrocity, it means it unconditionally accepts what we call ‘the world is bigger than five’,” he said.
Erdogan has therefore referred to Ankara’s criticism of the five countries that have the right of veto in the international body, and to his call for it to be expanded to reflect the new international situation and to include countries that have gained in weight in recent decades.
“It should not be forgotten that Jerusalem is the whole world and that all Muslims are humanity,” Erdogan riveted in his message, which also contains a drawing of the Al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest place for Muslims.
Turkey has been very critical of Israel in the face of the repression of protests in East Jerusalem in recent weeks, including the interruption of agents on the esplanade of mosques and the Al-Aqsa mosque, repeated condemnations from other countries in the region.
With this in mind, King Salman of Saudi Arabia has again condemned Israeli actions in Jerusalem and shown his support for the Palestinians during a conversation with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, as reported by state agency Saudi News, SPA.
Jan himself has called on the international community to take action to end the situation after more than 80 people died in Gaza and seven in Israel, including an Indian citizen.
For his part, King Abdullah II of Jordan has announced that urgent medical aid will be sent to the West Bank and Gaza Strip to aid the authorities’ response to the large numbers of victims, according to the Jordan Times.
In this context, the spokesman for the Russian Presidency, Dimitri Peskov, has stressed that Moscow is working to bring an end to the hostilities in which the Egyptian authorities are currently unsuccessful.
“Different countries are making efforts. All are using their contacts to induce restraint on the parties and putting an end to the measures that are leading to a rapid increase in civilian casualties. Russia is also making the necessary efforts and establishing contacts in this regard,” he said. according to the Russian news agency Sputnik.
Peskov has announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin will have a phone call this Thursday with the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, before a new UN Security Council meeting this Friday to address the situation.
Israeli Defense Minister Benjamin Gantz stressed on Wednesday that operations are continuing and the country is “not preparing for a ceasefire”. “At the moment there is no end date for the operation,” he said, as reported in The Times of Israel newspaper.
“Only when we achieve complete calm can we talk about calm,” he said. “We will not hear any moralistic speeches against our duty to protect the citizens of Israel,” said Gantz, who was chief of the Israeli army during Operation Protective Edge in 2014.
Indeed, Israeli army spokesman Hidai Zilberman has given assurances that a plan for a possible invasion of Gaza will be presented this Thursday, a proposal that could be approved during the day. The government approved a bombing campaign on Monday that ruled out an incursion for the time being.
The clashes are the largest since Operation Protective Edge, in which, according to the United Nations, 66 soldiers and five Israeli soldiers and more than 2,000 Palestinians, most of them civilians, were killed Egypt was agreed.
The new clashes broke out after heightened tensions in Jerusalem, which have escalated over the past few days as a result of eviction orders from Palestinian families in the Sheikh Kharra neighborhood of East Jerusalem to protest the repression by Israeli security forces. that injured hundreds of Palestinians.
Tensions escalated on Sunday as Israeli forces stormed the esplanade of the mosques again – a place known by Jews as the Temple Mount – and even fired tear gas inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third largest place sacred to Muslims.
In response, Hamas launched several projectiles in and around Jerusalem after warning Israel of police repression and prompted Israel to respond with a bombing campaign against the enclave, to which Palestinian factions responded with increased rocket launch.