A Palestinian family arrives at Al Shifa hospital after intensive bombardments on Gaza City. AFP
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan criticised Western powers for their lack of response to the violence between Israel and Palestinians, singling out Austria and the United States, which he said was "writing history with bloody hands".
Erdogan, a vocal defender of the Palestinians, has contacted world leaders in the past week, calling for solid action against Israel as the fiercest regional hostilities in years show no sign of abating.
Smoke rises following an Israeli air strike on a building in Gaza. Reuters
Speaking after a cabinet meeting, Erdogan criticised U.S. President Joe Biden's approval of weapons sales to Israel.
"You are writing history with your bloody hands in this incident that is a serious disproportionate attack on Gaza, which is leading to the martyrdom of hundreds of thousands of people," he said.
"You forced me to say this."
Biden's administration approved on Monday the potential sale of $735 million in precision-guided weapons to Israel, according to congressional sources.
Erdogan later turned to Europe, condemning Austria for flying an Israeli flag over the federal chancellery in Vienna on Friday.
"The state of Austria is trying to make Muslims pay the price for the Jews it subjected to genocide," Erdogan said.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who is firmly pro-Israel, had called the move a mark of solidarity amid the clashes.
The UN Security Council was to hold an emergency meeting amid a diplomatic push to end the fighting, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Israel would continue its military onslaught on the coastal enclave “as long as necessary.”
Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, who has represented Ireland on the UN Security Council in debates on Israel, supported the motion, and condemned what he described as Israel's "manifestly unequal" treatment of the Palestinian people.
The idea of a two-state solution — with a sovereign Palestinian state alongside Israel and Jerusalem as their shared capital — has been the cornerstone of decades of international diplomacy aimed at ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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