Turkish PM Erdogan termed Israel a terror state, condemned killings of Palestinians

wilayattimes (Turkey)

Istanbul:Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the Tel Aviv regime of “state terror” and “genocide.”

“Israel is wreaking state terror. Israel is a terror state,” Erdogan addressed Turkish students in London via a televised speech. “What Israel has done is a genocide. I condemn this humanitarian drama, the genocide, from whichever side it comes, Israel or America,” he added.

“[The U.S. decision to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem] is unfortunate. We cannot help but feel like we are living through the dark times prior to World War II,” Erdoğan said at an event at the Chatham House think tank in London.

He said “only a few countries voted with the U.S.” as they were told to do so in various phone calls in return for financial aid.

Turkey has also called for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to be held on Friday.

Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag also announced that Ankara was recalling its ambassadors to the United States and Israel “for consultations” following the killings.

Kuwait condemn killings of Palestinians

Kuwait has called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting after over 50 Palestinian demonstrators were killed in clashes with Israeli forces.

“We condemned what has happened,” Kuwaiti ambassador to the United Nations, Mansour al-Otaibi, said on Monday.

Saudi censures killings, doesn’t mention embassy move

Saudi Arabia condemned the demonstrators’ killing without referring to the controversial inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem.

“Saudi Arabia strongly condemns the Israeli occupation forces’ gunfire against unarmed Palestinian civilians which has left dozens dead and wounded,” said a Saudi Foreign Ministry spokesperson.

He further called on the international community to “take responsibility and put an end to the violence against the Palestinians”, while stressing Riyadh’s support for the “rights of the Palestinian people.”

Qatar slams Israel’s ‘savage’ actions

Qatari Foreign ministry spokeswoman Lulwah al-Khater strongly condemned “the massacre” of Palestinians.

Khater further called on the international community to take action and stop “the savage killings.”

Syria decries ‘brutal massacre’

“Syria condemns… the brutal massacre carried out by the Israeli occupation against unarmed Palestinian civilians,” said Syrian Foreign Ministry official.

The official also condemned the “criminal and illegitimate” relocation of the US mission to Jerusalem al-Quds.

He also said the administration of US President Donald Trump bore “responsibility for the blood of Palestinian martyrs.”

South Africa recalls ambassador to Israel  

South Africa also recalled its ambassador to Israel in protest to the recent bloodshed.

“Given the indiscriminate and grave manner of the latest Israeli attack, the South African government has taken a decision to recall Ambassador Sisa Ngombane with immediate effect until further notice,” said South Africa’s Foreign Ministry in a statement.

It added that victims were taking part in a “peaceful protest against the provocative inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem” and went on to slam “the latest act of violent aggression carried out by Israeli armed forces along the Gaza border.”

The statement added that South Africa calls for Israeli forces to pull out of the Gaza Strip and end its “violent and destructive incursions into Palestinian territories.”