Spirit of United Nations dead in Gaza: Turkey’s Erdogan

Palestinians gather at the site of an Israeli strike on a camp for internally displaced people in Rafah on 27 May, 2024, amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas militant groupAFP

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday hit out at the United Nations and called on the “Islamic world” to react after the latest deadly Israeli strikes in Gaza.

“The UN cannot even protect its own staff. What are you waiting for to act? The spirit of the United Nations is dead in Gaza,” Erdogan told lawmakers from his AKP party.

Erdogan’s comments came as the UN Security Council met to discuss a deadly Israeli attack on a displacement camp west of Rafah on Tuesday that killed 21 people, according to a civil defence official in Hamas-run Gaza.

Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginie, États-Unis : Satellite images from Planet Labs PBC showing the UNRWA displaced people’s camp at Rafah in the Gaza Strip, before and after an Israeli strike on 26 May,2024

The Turkish leader also hit out at fellow Muslim-majority countries for failing to take common action over the Israeli strike.

“I have some words to say to the Islamic world: what are you waiting for to take a common decision?” Erdogan, who leads a Muslim-majority country of 85 million people, told lawmakers from his AKP party.

“Israel is not just a threat to Gaza but to all of humanity,” he said.

“No state is safe as long as Israel does not follow international law and does not feel bound by international law,” Erdogan added, repeating an accusation that Israel is committing “genocide” in Gaza.