Erdogan’s Condemnation of Israel
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan delivered a fiery speech accusing Israel of being a ‘terror state,’ committing war crimes, and violating international law in Gaza.
He reiterated his controversial stance that Hamas gunmen are not terrorists but a ‘political party elected by Palestinians.’
Turkey’s Pledge to Designate Israel’s Leaders as ‘Terrorists’
In his address to party members, Erdogan expressed Turkey’s commitment to working towards the recognition of Israel’s political and military leaders as ‘terrorists.’ He announced intentions to bring them to trial in international courts, escalating tensions between the two nations.
Erdogan’s Perspective on Hamas and Israel
Erdogan portrayed Hamas gunmen as ‘resistance fighters,’ defending their lands and people, while criticizing Israel’s actions in Gaza.
He emphasized that Hamas is a political party elected by Palestinians, despite no elections in Gaza since 2006.
Call for Transparency on Israel’s Nuclear Weapons
During his speech, Erdogan called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to disclose whether Israel possesses nuclear bombs.
He went on to assert that Netanyahu was a ‘goner’ from his position, further straining relations between Turkey and Israel.
International Response and Criticism
As Erdogan intensified his criticism of Israel amid ongoing conflict, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez joined the chorus of disapproval, urging Israel to end the ‘indiscriminate killing of Palestinians’ in Gaza. The diplomatic strain between NATO member Turkey and Israel continues to escalate.
Israeli Troops Storm Gaza City’s Main Hospital
Amidst the ongoing conflict, Israeli troops stormed Gaza City’s main hospital in what the IDF described as a ‘precise and targeted operation against Hamas.’ The move raises concerns about the safety of civilians, patients, and medical staff caught in the crossfire.
International Concerns over Hospital Raid
The storming of Al-Shifa hospital by Israeli forces prompted strong international reactions. UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths expressed being ‘appalled’ by the military raids, emphasizing the need to prioritize the protection of civilians, newborns, patients, and medical staff.
UN and WHO Express Deep Concerns
UN health agency chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and the International Committee of the Red Cross voiced deep concerns over the military incursion into Al-Shifa hospital. They emphasized the importance of protecting patients, medical staff, and civilians in the midst of the conflict.
Humanitarian Crisis Unfolding
With the hospital under siege, concerns about the welfare of patients, particularly newborns, have heightened. The UN and other humanitarian organizations emphasize the need to avoid turning hospitals into battle zones and underscore the dire conditions faced by those inside Al-Shifa hospital.
Israel’s Vow to Crush Hamas Amid Escalating Conflict
As tensions between Israel and Hamas escalate, Israel vows to crush the militant group, holding them responsible for cross-border attacks. The United Nations estimates thousands of civilians, patients, and staff are trapped in Al-Shifa hospital, facing a dire humanitarian crisis.