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Erdogan called on Israel to immediately stop attacks on the Gaza Strip.

Erdogan called on Israel to immediately stop attacks on the Gaza Strip.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Israel to “immediately stop” attacks on Gaza following the International Court of Justice ruling.

The International Court of Justice in The Hague on Friday issued an interim ruling on South Africa’s claim seeking provisional measures against Israel over alleged genocide in the Gaza Strip. The court ordered Israel to take all measures to prevent genocide in the Gaza Strip, punish calls for genocide against Palestinians, ensure the flow of humanitarian aid to the residents of the area, and ensure the preservation of evidence related to allegations of acts against the Palestinian people described in the Convention about genocide. At the same time, the court did not oblige Israel to stop its military operation in the Gaza Strip, which South Africa asked for in its lawsuit.

“We once again call on Israel to immediately stop the massacres by listening to the voice of the international community,” Erdogan said in Izmir on Saturday.

On December 29, 2023, South Africa filed a claim against Israel under the genocide convention at the International Court of Justice in The Hague over the situation in the Gaza Strip, calling on the court to take provisional measures against the Israeli authorities. South Africa pointed out that Israel’s actions against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip constitute a “violation of obligations under the Genocide Convention.” According to the African country’s statement, “Israel’s actions and inactions… are in the nature of genocide, as they are committed with the specific intent… to destroy the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip as part of the broader Palestinian national, racial and ethnic group.”


On January 11-12, the International Court of Justice in The Hague held hearings on South Africa’s lawsuit against Israel, which is accused of violating the Genocide Convention in the Gaza Strip. South Africa called on the court to order Israel to end its military operation in Gaza, ensure its residents have access to food, water and humanitarian aid and not impede the access of international missions to Gaza. The South African side also asked the court to oblige Israel to refrain from any actions that could worsen the situation and complicate the trial.


Israel, in turn, tried to prove that the court should reject South Africa’s request for measures against the Israeli side, including ending the military operation in the Gaza Strip. Thus, the Israeli defense stated that with the help of the military operation in Gaza, the country seeks “not to destroy the Palestinian people, but to protect its own.” In addition, Israel says it has allowed humanitarian aid to flow into Gaza, including food trucks, and has not placed any restrictions on the amount of water that can flow into the area.