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Turkey to take ´massacre´ in Gaza to int'l court: Erdogan

Published : 19 Nov 2023, 00:52

  DF News Desk
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at the parliament in Ankara, Türkiye, Oct. 1, 2023. File Photo: Handout via Xinhua.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Türkiye would take the "massacre" in Gaza to an international court, reported Xinhua.

Erdogan has launched strident criticism of Israel as the death toll of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip continue to climb amid intense Israeli attacks.

"We will take the massacre in Gaza to the international court with close to 2,000 lawyers," Erdogan said in an event in Istanbul broadcasted live on Turkish TV channel NTV.

"It is imperative that this crime is followed and investigated at the international level and that the oppressors receive the punishment they deserve," he added.

Israel launched a massive attack on Gaza in retaliation for the surprise strike led by Hamas on Oct. 7, which killed about 1,200 people in Israel and took more than 200 hostages, according to Israeli tallies.

The ongoing conflict has killed more than 11,500 Palestinians and wounded some 29,000 others, according to the Hamas-run Health Ministry.