Turkey condemns UN Security Council’s response to Israel-Hamas war

Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during 28th Mukhtars (local administrators) meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on October 19, 2016. / AFP / ADEM ALTAN (Photo credit should read ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Turkish leader has criticised the UN Security Council for failing to pass a resolution calling for “humanitarian pauses” in the conflict and condemning all violence against civilians.

The US voted down the draft text, expressing its “disappointment” that it made no reference to Israel’s right to defend itself.

The resolution called for pauses in the conflict to allow of humanitarian aid to enter Gaza as well as the condemning of Hamas and all violence and terrorism against civilians.

Posting on X, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Security Council “has once again not fulfilled its responsibility”.

“The heinous attack against the al Ahli Arab Hospital
yesterday has brought the massacre in Gaza to another level,” he

Gaza aid trucks

The UN aid chief Martin Griffiths has told the Security Council the organisation wants to bring aid deliveries to Gaza back to 100 trucks a day, the level before the Israel-Hamas conflict.

It follows the decision by Egypt to temporarily open the Rafah crossing to allow just 20 trucks carrying humanitarian aid (but no fuel) into the Gaza Strip, where people are desperately short of food and water following Israel’s blockade. 

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