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Turkey welcomes UN resolution to probe Israel’s human rights violations

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A Palestinian worker looks on at an agricultural fertilizer factory targeted in recent Israeli bombardment in the city of Beit Lahia, the besieged Gaza Strip, May 26, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry has welcomed a resolution adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council calling for the urgent establishment of an international independent investigation commission to probe “systematic” human rights abuses committed by Israel during the war on the besieged Gaza Strip earlier this month.

"We see this decision as an important step towards making Israeli authorities accountable in the international arena for its [the regime’s] crimes committed in the occupied Palestinian territories, in particular the excessive, disproportionate and illegal use of force against the Palestinian people without discrimination," the ministry said in a statement on Friday.

It reiterated that Turkey was ready to provide all kinds of support to the activities of the commission.

Following an all-day special session, which was called to discuss the "serious human rights situation" in the occupied Palestinian territories, on Thursday, the 47-member forum adopted a resolution presented by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Palestinian delegation to the UN, by a vote of 24 states in favor, 9 against, and 14 abstentions.

The resolution will start an unprecedented level of scrutiny on "root causes" of recurrent tensions, instability, and protraction of conflict, including systematic discrimination and repression in the recent conflict between Israel and Palestinian resistance groups.

The Gaza war began on May 10 and lasted until May 21, when the occupying regime announced a unilateral ceasefire which was accepted, through Egyptian mediation, by the Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza.

The war was precipitated after weeks of Israeli violence against Palestinian worshippers at al-Aqsa Mosque and the regime’s attempts to force more Palestinians out of their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood to build new illegal settlements.

Throughout the 11-day encounter, Israeli airstrikes killed at least 254 Palestinians, including 66 children, wounded almost 2,000, and displaced over 72,000 people in the besieged enclave. On the other side, Palestinian rocket attacks killed 12 people in the occupied territories.

Israel's actions amount to 'crimes against humanity': Turkey FM

Addressing the UN Human Rights Council’s special session on Thursday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the Israeli regime's recent measures in Gaza and the occupied Palestinian territories amounted to "crimes against humanity."

"Israel's attacks on Palestinian civilians amounted to crimes against humanity. There is no justification for such aggression," the Turkish top diplomat said.

He emphasized that the recent "heartbreaking" scenes in Palestine were the result of Israel’s provocations in the al-Aqsa Mosque and Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem al-Quds.

Cavusoglu said these were part of a "systematic campaign of ethnic, religious, and cultural cleansing" and added that the "collective punishment" of "inhumane blockade" on the Gaza Strip has no justification and should be lifted immediately.

The international community has the responsibility to protect Palestinians, he added, saying, "We have to come up with effective instruments to put an end to Israel's impunity."

"The Human Rights Council has an important role in all these areas. No more words. We need action, and we need it now."

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