Turkey says high time totally to lift Israel siege on Gaza

Turkey's prime minister said that Israel's recent actions could be considered as crime even during wartime.

Turkey says high time totally to lift Israel siege on Gaza

The Turkish prime minister Monday called for an end to the embargo and blockade of Gaza.

Turkey's Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said it was high time that embargoes on Gaza and Gaza's blockade had been lifted.

"Embargoes should totally be lifted, and doors should be opened," Erdogan told a joint press conference with Syrian President Bashar al-Asad in Istanbul.

Erdogan said he did not want to see any open air prisons for innocent people, and defined Gaza and Palestine as such a prison.

"It is not possible for us to digest such an inhuman method of mass punishment. As long as tear and bloodshed continue in Gaza, it will be impossible for us to remain silent," Erdogan also said.

Erdogan's remarks came after Israel raided a Gaza-bound aid flotilla on May 31.

Nine people, including eight Turkish and one U.S. citizen of Turkish descent, died when Israeli forces raided a convoy of ships carrying aid to Gaza on May 31. Around 30 people were wounded in the attack.

"Crime even during wartime"


Turkey's prime minister also said that Israel's recent actions could be considered as crime even during wartime.

Erdogan said Israel's indifferent policies had negative effects on the establishment of peace and stability in the Middle East.

Commenting on the agenda of his meeting with al-Asad, Erdogan said joint steps that could be taken by Turkey and Syria in regional and global scale in an effort to strengthen peace and establish principles of accountability and rule of law in the region were discussed during his talks with the Syrian president.

"In this context, we expect the international community not to just condemn the recent attack on the peace convoy, but also to support and monitor the immediate launching of an independent and international investigation as demanded by the UN Security Council statement on the issue," Erdogan said.

The Turkish prime minister said they wanted an independent and international commission to be assigned by the UN to assess such fatal and unlawful incident in an objective, transparent and comprehensive way as soon as possible.

"Relevant organizations should display decisive reactions within the scope of international law against this unlawful action," Erdogan also said.


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