Putin raises concerns of 'catastrophic deterioration' in Gaza with Erdogan

AFP , Tuesday 24 Oct 2023

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed fears of a sharp deterioration over the situation in the Gaza Strip, the Kremlin said Tuesday, during a phone call with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Russian President Vladimir Putin


During the call, both leaders expressed "their deep concern over the growing number of civilian casualties and the catastrophic deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip", the statement added.

Erdoğan said that the silence of the Western countries also escalated the humanitarian crisis in Gaza to an unavertable level, according to the Turkish presidency.

Turkish President on Tuesday accused the UN Security Council of deepening the crisis in Gaza by bowing to the "Israeli regime".

"We observe that the United Nations Security Council has deepened the crisis with its one-sided attitude, instead of stopping the bloodshed, ensuring a ceasefire as soon as possible, and taking steps to prevent civilian casualties," Erdogan said.

On Monday, Putin called for "unhindered access" for humanitarian aid to enter Gaza, in a telephone call with his Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the Kremlin said.

The United Nations says Gaza needs about 100 aid trucks a day to meet the needs of its 2.4 million people, nearly half of whom have been displaced by Israel's bombardment in response to the Hamas attack on 7 October.

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