Turkey accuses Israel of 'ethnic cleansing'

2012-11-20 14:03
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Gaza: rising deathtoll

Israeli leaders discussed an Egyptian plan for a truce with Gaza's ruling Hamas, before a mission by the UN chief to Jerusalem and as the toll from Israeli raids on Gaza rose over 100.

Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday accused Israel of "ethnic cleansing" in Gaza, saying the Jewish state's air raids could not be considered self defence.

"Israel is committing ethnic cleansing by ignoring peace in this region and violating international law," Erdogan said. "It is occupying the Palestinian territory step by step."

The infuriated premier said Israeli air raids against Gaza could not be deemed self defence, accusing Western countries of aiding what it called a "terrorist state" by condoning its violence in the Middle East.

"Sooner or later, Israel will answer for the innocent blood it has shed so far," he said.

On Monday, Erdogan said the United Nations "turned a blind eye" on Israeli attacks against Palestinians, accusing the international body of double standards against Muslims.

Read more on:    recep tayyip erdogan  |  gaza strip  |  turkey  |  israel  |  middle east peace

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