Turkey vows to take whatever action ‘necessary’ over Palestine

Turkey is ready to take whatever action necessary over Israel’s attacks on Palestine, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Sunday.

Half of those who lost their lives in Gaza are women and children, state-run Anadolu news agency cited Çavuşoğlu as saying at an extraordinary meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), urging “unity and determination on Palestine” from Muslim states and the international community.

Çavuşoğlu’s remarks arrive amid an ongoing Israeli offensive in Gaza, as hostilities in the area have entered their seventh day. More than 180 people, including at least 52 children, have been killed in the Gaza Strip in the past week. More than 1,000 others have been wounded. In the occupied West Bank, Israeli forces have killed at least 13 Palestinians. Israel has reported 10 dead, including two children.

“The ummah (Muslim community) expects our leadership and courage, and Turkey is ready to take whatever action is necessary,” Çavuşoğlu said.

Stressing that Muslim states should stand for justice and humanity, the Turkish foreign minister said no “considerations” should be made.

Çavuşoğlu also touched on the role of the international community in protecting Palestinian civilians in line with a 2018 U.N. General Assembly resolution, pointing to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has long been a staunch critic of Israeli policies towards the Palestinians, especially in Gaza. On Friday, he vowed that Turkey would not remain silent and accept persecution of the Palestinians.