Published: Thu, May 17, 2018

United Nations has 'collapsed' in the face of Gaza violence, says Turkey's Erdogan

United Nations has 'collapsed' in the face of Gaza violence, says Turkey's Erdogan

Turkey announced three days of national mourning and recalled its ambassadors to Israel and the U.S. over the violence which took place on Monday, after Washington made the controversial decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to the contested city of Jerusalem. It has called for an emergency meeting of Islamic nations on Friday.

Hours later Israel's Foreign Ministry said the Turkish Consul-General in Jerusalem had been summoned and told to return to Turkey "for consultations for a period of time".

Speaking to Anadolu Agency on Tuesday, Mustafa spoke about the 70th anniversary of Israel's establishment - an event Palestinians refer to as the "Catastrophe" - and Monday's relocation of Washington's Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called for an end to the violence on the Gaza border during a telephone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Kremlin said.

Almost 60 people were killed and 2,700 were wounded in a protest on the Gaza border Monday. Netanyahu hit back a day later, saying that as a prime supporter of Hamas, the Turkish leader was himself involved in "terrorism and slaughter".

Mr Erdogan said "history would judge" both Israel and the United States for the deaths of at least 58 people in protests prompted by the opening of America's embassy in Jerusalem. At the very least 55 Palestinians have been killed in clashes alongside the Gaza-Israeli border, and a few 2,700 injured.

Turkey's consul in Jerusalem was also ordered closed by Israel on Tuesday.

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"We will never accept the USA attempt to move embassy to Jerusalem and to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital", Erdogan said at the joint press conference alongside British Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street, London, following their meeting.

Naeh had only been in his post since December 2016 after a reconciliation deal earlier that year ended a dispute over the May 2010 deadly storming of a Turkish ship by Israeli commandos that saw relations downgraded for more than half a decade. Yildirim noted that Turkey sharply condemns Israel's actions against Palestinians. Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said in parliament that the summit would take place in Istanbul.

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