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Turkish president says Gaza deaths show UN has collapsed

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan answers questions after giving a speech at Chatham House in central London on May 14, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the recent violence in the Gaza Strip shows that the United Nations has "collapsed".

"If the silence on Israel's tyranny continues, the world will rapidly be dragged into chaos where banditry prevails," said Erdogan in Ankara on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Erdogan accused the Tel Aviv regime of "state terror" and "genocide" over the Palestinian deaths.

"What Israel has done is genocide," the Turkish president said, adding, "I condemn this humanitarian drama, the genocide, from whichever side it comes, Israel or America.”

“We will continue to stand with Palestinian people with determination," he added.

Ankara has withdrawn its ambassador to Israel for consultations and called on Israel's ambassador to Ankara to leave.

In turn, Israel has ordered the Turkish consul in Jerusalem al-Quds to leave.

Earlier on Wednesday, Erdogan expressed serious concern over the number of casualties in the protests on the Gaza border, during a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also criticized Israel for its propaganda against the people of the Gaza Strip who have been protesting against Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories.

Meanwhile, protests have been held all over the globe to condemn Israel's massacre of unarmed protesters in the Gaza Strip.

Pakistanis held rallies in the port city of Karachi to in solidarity with the families of those killed during the protests.

In Latin America, pro-Palestinian activists marched in Brazil’s Sao Paulo, Bolivia’s La Paz and the Argentine capital Bonus Aires.

In the US, people took to the streets of Chicago and San Francisco to protest against Washington's decision to move the American embassy in Israel to the occupied Jerusalem al-Quds.

Protesters in San Francisco chanted anti-Israel slogans outside the Israeli Consulate General.

There have been similar rallies in the UK, Sweden, Turkey and elsewhere.

Israeli forces killed at least 62 Palestinians during protests near the Gaza fence on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe), which coincided this year with the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city of Jerusalem al-Quds.

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More than 2,700 Palestinians were also wounded as the Israeli forces used snipers, airstrikes, tank fire and tear gas to target the demonstrators.

The occupied territories have witnessed new tensions ever since US President Donald Trump on December 6, 2017, announced Washington's recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital” and said the United States would move the US embassy to the city.

The dramatic decision triggered demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories as well as Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq, Morocco and other Muslim countries.

The status of Jerusalem al-Quds is the thorniest issue in the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Palestinians see East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

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