Turkey calls on Israel to comply with international law

Turkish Foreign Ministry condemns Israel’s recent disproportionate attacks against Palestinians

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned Israel's disproportionate use of force against Palestinians in recent violence in the volatile region, calling Israel to comply with international law on the Palestinian lands it holds under occupation.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday about Israeli forces unproportional use of power and regarding its insistence on carrying out "practices contrary to the status quo."

The announcement cited "concerns about the possible spread to Gaza of escalating tensions" following the loss of civilians in Israel's air strikes on Sunday.

In the statement, Turkey called on Israel "to comply with international law on the Palestinian lands it holds under occupation" and in this framework to "immediately put an end to its provocative arbitrary practices, targeting the status and the sacredness of Haram al Sharif [Al Aqsa Mosque], as the only way to prevent the escalation of tensions."

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Ramallah said that Israel hit Gaza with air strikes on Sunday, killing a Palestinian woman and her daughter. 

The Turkish Ministry reminded that the current tensions had begun in September after Israeli security forces entered Al Aqsa Mosque to fight against Muslim groups, preventing them from entering not only the mosque, but  Eastern Jerusalem and the West Bank as well, which escalated the tensions.

Israeli forces then opened fire on protesters at the border and carried out air strikes on Sunday which resulted in several Palestinian deaths while the Israeli military claimed the air strikes were an action in return to a reportedly rocket attack on Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip on Saturday night.

Israeli armed forces killed three Palestinians as a result of alleged stabbing attacks ongoing in Jerusalem on Monday and Tuesday, which brought  the  number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces to 27 since the beginning of October.

TRTWorld and agencies