Turkey's Erdogan denounces UNSC as 'Israel protection council'

AFP , Saturday 9 Dec 2023

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday denounced the UN Security Council after the United States vetoed a ceasefire resolution for Gaza, describing the international body as the 'Israel protection council'.

File photo: Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives to speak at a plenary session at the COP28 U.N. Climate Summit, Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. AP


"Since October 7, the security council has become an Israel protection and defence council," Erdogan said.

The United States on Friday vetoed a Security Council resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Israel's war on Gaza.

Washington thus dashed a growing clamour for a halt to the Israeli war machine that had been led by UN chief Antonio Guterres and Arab nations.

"Is this justice?" asked Erdogan, adding that "the world is bigger than five," a reference to the five veto-wielding nations in the UN Security Council.

"Another world is possible, but without America," the Turkish leader said.

"The United States stands by Israel with its money and military equipment. Hey, America! How much are you going to pay for that?" he added.

"Every day the Declaration of Human Rights is violated in Gaza", he said, as the world this weekend celebrates the 75th anniversary of the declaration.

The UN resolution for a ceasefire was submitted more than two months after the start of Israel's war in the strip which has killed nearly 18,000 people, mostly women and children, and displaced 1.9 million (80 percent of the population) from their homes.

This comes as Israel targeted a declared safe zone in Rafah on Saturday, killing over 10 people in their homes, while relentlessly bombarding Khan Younis with artillery and airstrikes.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online

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