Erdogan Criticizes Western Response to Gaza Crisis

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sharply criticized Western powers for their role in the ongoing conflict in Gaza, accusing them of "adding fuel to the fire."

by Faruk Imamovic
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Erdogan Criticizes Western Response to Gaza Crisis
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sharply criticized Western powers for their role in the ongoing conflict in Gaza, accusing them of "adding fuel to the fire." As Israel continues its airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, Erdogan claims that these nations have been far from neutral, and instead of seeking solutions, have only exacerbated the situation.

OIC Meeting Highlights Islamic Solidarity

At the heart of Erdogan's statement is his appreciation for the Extraordinary Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that recently took place in Jeddah.

This gathering, according to the Turkish leader, showcased the "determination of the Islamic world in the face of Israel's increasing oppression." It also highlighted the Islamic world's unwavering support for the Palestinian cause and solidarity with its people.

Erdogan revealed Turkey's proactive role in trying to alleviate the crisis since its inception on October 7. "We have made intense efforts since the first day to resolve the crisis," he said. This includes engaging in phone conversations with 18 world leaders and working with Egyptian authorities to deliver humanitarian aid to the region.

Despite these efforts, Erdogan lamented that their attempts to foster peace were undermined by certain provocative actions, such as "sending aircraft carriers to the region, cutting off aid to the Palestinian people, and wholesale punishing the people of Gaza."

The UNSC and Western Powers Under Scrutiny

Drawing attention to the failures of international institutions, Erdogan expressed disappointment with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for its inability to act decisively during the crisis.

He was especially critical of Western countries, accusing them of hypocrisy, noting that while they often champion human rights and freedoms, they seem to take counterproductive actions in the present situation. Furthermore, Erdogan criticized the international media for what he views as biased coverage, alleging a "race to whitewash human slaughter." Highlighting the severity of the situation on the ground, Erdogan detailed some of the atrocities that have been reported, such as bombings of "safe zones," border gates, and even hospitals like the recent "heinous attack on Al-Ahl Arab Hospital." In a poignant closing, Erdogan mourned the loss of "4 thousand Gazan brothers and sisters, mostly children and women" while assuring that Turkey remains committed to working toward "a humanitarian ceasefire and then permanent stability."

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