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Erdogan: Israel should be tried for "war crimes" in Gaza

Erdogan: Israel should be tried for "war crimes" in Gaza

The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, told the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, on Tuesday that Israel should be held responsible by international courts for "committing war crimes" in the Gaza Strip, the Turkish Presidency said.

Israel has carried out an air and ground offensive against Hamas - the radical Palestinian group designated a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union - in Gaza, killing more than 15,000 people, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health, which controlled by Hamas.

Israel declared war on Hamas after the radical group's fighters carried out a shocking attack in Israel on October 7, killing more than 1,200 people and kidnapping 240 others.

Israel's offensive in Gaza was temporarily halted on Friday for the first time since October 7, following a ceasefire deal that is expected to expire on Wednesday.

During a telephone conversation before the Security Council meeting on Gaza scheduled for Wednesday, Erdogan and Guterres talked "about the expectations of the international community regarding Israel's illegal attacks", about access to humanitarian aid in Gaza and about efforts for a long-term peace, said the Turkish Presidency.

"President Erdoğan said during the telephone conversation that Israel is brazenly continuing to violate international law, the laws of war and international humanitarian law while looking in the eyes of the international committee and that it must be held responsible for the crimes it has committed before international law," the notice says.

Turkey's Foreign Ministry said Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan will attend the UN Security Council meeting in New York.

Turkey has sharply criticized Israel's war in Gaza and called for an immediate ceasefire to allow talks on a two-state solution to the wider Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Erdogan has called Israel's attacks in Gaza genocide. Israel has denied the allegations and says its war in Gaza is self-defense against an enemy sworn to its destruction.

Turkey has also hosted members of Hamas, which it considers a terrorist group. She has also accused the West, excluding Spain and Belgium, of complicity due to their support for Israel.

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