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Turkey calls on the international community and the United Nations to launch the necessary initiatives against Israel’s military operation in Gaza, according to a written statement released by the Turkish Foreign Ministry late Nov. 14.

Turkey said Israel’s operation against Gaza was the latest example of the country’s hostile policies.
“We harshly condemn Israel’s offensive and it must be stopped immediately,” the statement said, adding that no country, including Israel, was above international law.

Israeli operation over Gaza Strip echoes across region

CAIRO - Reuters 

Egypt officially requested today a meeting of the U.N. Security Council to discuss what it described as Israeli aggression on Gaza, the Foreign Ministry said, Reuters reported.

Egypt, which in 1979 became the first Arab state to sign a peace treaty with Israel, recalled its ambassador from Israel yesterday after Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip killed Hamas's top military commander.

The peace with Israel has never been warm, even under U.S.-ally Hosni Mubarak, but ties have turned even cooler since the longtime autocrat was ousted last year and Islamists took power.

Egypt's representative to the United Nations called for the meeting in formal letters to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the current head of the council, India's representative, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The Egyptian ambassador expressed Egypt's "serious alarm at the Israeli aggression on Gaza" and described the attack as a violation of international law.

He called for urgent international action, particularly from the council, "to confront this serious situation which threatens international peace and security."

Egypt's Foreign Minister Kamel Amr has called on the United States to intervene and end "Israeli aggression" on the Gaza Strip, state media reported today.

Amr "requested that the United States immediately intervene to stop Israeli aggression on the Palestinian people in Gaza", MENA news agency reported, adding that Amr spoke to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by telephone.

Iran condemns Israel's Gaza strikes as 'terrorism'

Iran condemned today as "organised terrorism" an offensive by Israel against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.

"Iran considers the criminal act of Israeli military forces in killing civilians as organised terrorism and strongly condemns it," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

The spokesman also criticised what he called "the silence of international organizations claiming to defend human rights," following the strikes.

Israel killed the military commander of Hamas on Wednesday in an air strike on Gaza and threatened an invasion of the enclave.

Hamas retaliated today by firing dozens of rockets into southern Israel, killing three people.




November/15/2012

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ealsho@eartlink.net tango73

11/17/2012 5:21:02 AM

Supporting terrorism is unacceptable. Turkey should be left out of NATO.

Turk down under

11/16/2012 5:32:40 PM

Adam Polk- Most of Uludere smugglers were teenage children. They were not terrorists they were smugglers. I don't care what anyone here says- if rockets were fired on Turkey, home made or Iranian made I don't think Turkish gov would show the same restraint that Israel has.12,000 rockets in 12 months &we only hear about it when Israel retaliates. Murat- "firecrackers" kill! People have 15 seconds to get to shelters - schoolchildren kinder kids mums dads, ordinary people. Living fear every day.

Lior Uziel

11/16/2012 5:40:59 AM

@Murat....What a strange behavior off some of the commenters, ignoring reality!!! It was Hamas who have been bombing Israel for the last year with approximately 800 mortars and rockets, devastating the lives of civilians. We can learn that some people are not interested in the facts (may, just maybe, it emanates from laziness and not being aware of them), and usually out of pure hatred that clouds the mind and doesn't let a person see the facts, in order not to confuse what he already knows!

Murat

11/15/2012 7:50:17 PM

What a strange behaviour, you kill a few of them and they get upset and send firecrackers over the fence! How barbaric!

Ed Frias Ed Frias

11/15/2012 6:47:40 PM

If Erdogan had stopped his ally Hamas from firing rockets into Israel this would have never happened in the first place. What does he think the people of Israel should do, just take it on the chin and smile?

Thessalonian

11/15/2012 6:13:05 PM

It is not Turkey which does the "condemning." It is Mr. Erdogan's Islamist AKP mindset. Supporting terrorist group Hamas and their cause to eliminate every Jew in the Middle East can turn out to be disasterous for Turkey as the PKK could in turn use a small portion of Israeli support. In otherwords, by supporting those who others consider terrorists you could be setting yourselves up for a symmetric counter action by Israel on your Kurdish front. Your choice Mr. Erdogan and company... Regards

Lior Uziel

11/15/2012 5:01:08 PM

For months we and our wives and children have been living under hundreds of rockets and mortars fire at us. Children scared at home, unable to go outside, fearful from the menacing rockets. How can you live your life running to the bomb shelter 10 times a day... I am glad that my government retaliates, as non retaliation brought us no peace and no cease of attacks. and to all the critics - where were you in the last couple of months? Ha?? You are biased, double standards is a small word for you.

Chris Tahos

11/15/2012 4:28:00 PM

As long as Hamas is sending missiles and rockets into Israel's cities, there will be answer.As soon as they stop once and for good, peace will return.If Edirne was under fire every single day, would yoy expect the turkish goverment to remain calm?

mara mcglothin

11/15/2012 4:08:15 PM

AMERICAN AMERICAN I do believe we are seeing a perfect example of the old "double standard" Prepare to be lambasted as "evil emperial war mongering" Americans. SINAN Why is it Turkey's responsibility? Isn't this exactly why you are always condemning America for protecting and meddling in other peoples' affairs? How is Gaza Turkey's business? AMERICAN AMERICAN Second comment spot on!

Michael Johnson

11/15/2012 4:04:41 PM

The current government should focus on their problems at home on the Syrian border. Maybe it will give them some perspective on the issue.
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