ISTANBUL | Muslim countries must show a united and clear stance over Israel’s conflict with the Islamist Hamas movement in Gaza, Turkey’s vice-president, Fuat Oktay, said on Thursday, criticising world powers for condemning violence without acting.
“What we desire is that active measures are taken,” Oktay told reporters after morning prayers marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
“There are decisions taken repeatedly at the United Nations, there are condemnations. But unfortunately, no result has been obtained, because a clear stance is not displayed.”
In several days of conflict, Hamas has fired volleys of rockets towards Israeli cities and Israel has launched airstrikes against the Islamist faction in the Gaza Strip.At least 67 people have been killed in Gaza since violence escalated on Monday, according to the enclave’s health ministry. Seven people have been killed in Israel, medical officials said.
With the conflict beginning to resemble the Gaza war of 2014, world powers have demanded de-escalation and the US said it planned to send an envoy for talks with Israel and Palestinians.
Turkey’s president, Tayyip Erdogan, who has repeatedly condemned Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and its treatment of Palestinians, said on Saturday Israel was a “terror state” after Israeli police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades at Palestinian protesters at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque.
Oktay said Muslims had a responsibility to act.