Israel has been continuing its offensive in Gaza for nearly 40 days and is implementing a strategy of destroying a city by targeting civilians, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AK Party) group meeting in the Turkish Parliament on Wednesday.
"Especially targeting civilian areas, Israel is implementing a strategy of destruction of a city with its inhabitants. It is committing state terrorism with brutality that deliberately bombs civilians on the road, forcing them to leave their homes. I say unequivocally that Israel is a terrorist state," Erdogan said.
Erdogan reiterated that Hamas is not a terrorist organization, but a party that has participated in and won elections in Palestine.
"After winning the elections, Israel and America took away Hamas' rights. Of the nearly 12,000 Gazans killed by Israel so far, two-third of them are children and women. The Israeli government is organizing the most treacherous attacks in human history against Gazan children, women, and civilians. All concepts, including war, are insufficient to describe what we have witnessed in Gaza for 40 days," he stated.
The Turkish president appealed to world leaders by comparing the victims of the Charlie Hebdo incident with the civilians who lost their lives in Gaza and pointed out that this incident is now a Crusader-Whales issue.
"In the Charlie Hebdo incident, 23 people were killed and heads of state, prime ministers from all over the world, you know, some of us too, participated in that march in Paris, were there. Now nearly 13,000 people have died. Where are the heads of state, where are the prime ministers? Come and march about this too. Do you have no conscience, no mercy? This is a Crusader-Crescent issue. This is how we look at it," Erdogan stressed.
Erdogan emphasized that whatever happens, Gazans and Palestinians will triumph and he has no doubt about that.
"Victory will be for Gazans and Palestinians. We do not have the slightest doubt about this. If Israel continues its massacres in this way, it will be known everywhere as a terrorist state that is condemned all over the world," he highlighted.
Finally, he emphasized that they would take steps to ensure that political and military leaders who killed civilians in Gaza would be tried in international courts.
Hamas' military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, announced that they launched a comprehensive attack against Israel called "Al-Aqsa Flood" on the morning of Oct. 7.
While thousands of rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel, armed groups entered the settlements in the region. The Israeli army also launched an attack on the Gaza Strip with dozens of warplanes. The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that Israel killed 11, 180 people, including 4,506 children, 3,027 women, and 397 elderly people. It injured at least 32,000 people in its attacks on Gaza.
It was reported that 1,200 Israelis, including 324 soldiers, were killed and 5,132 Israelis were wounded in the attacks from Gaza.
The Israeli army hit Damascus and Aleppo airports. As the Middle East is once again turning into a bloodbath, a deadline has been set for nearly 2.5 million Palestinians to leave the blockaded Gaza.
In the occupied West Bank, 106 Palestinians were killed in attacks by Israeli forces and Jewish settlers. In Israel’s attacks on Gaza, 48 journalists were killed.
In the clashes between the Israeli army and Hezbollah on the Israel-Lebanon border since Oct. 8, 55 Hezbollah members and 4 civilians, one of whom was a journalist, were killed. Three Israeli soldiers and one Israeli civilian were killed in the attacks organized by Lebanon.
Most recently, Israel attacked the Jabalia Refugee Camp in Gaza, killing civilians.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he was breaking off all contact with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because of Israeli attacks on civilians in the Gaza Strip.