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Turkish president reiterates call for UN reform after US veto blocking cease-fire in Gaza

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday reiterated his call to reform the UN Security Council, where the US vetoed a resolution calling for an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza the previous day.

"Due to a veto by the US, no decision was reached. It is essential for the UN Security Council to be reformed,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in his address at the World Human Rights Day event in Istanbul.

“We have lost our hope and expectation from the UN Security Council,” he said. “Since Oct. 7, the UN Security Council, whose mission is to establish global peace, has turned into a protector of Israel."

Israel resumed its military offensive on the Gaza Strip on Dec. 1 after the end of a week-long humanitarian pause with the Palestinian group Hamas.

Around 17,700 Palestinians have been killed in the besieged enclave in Israeli air and ground attacks since the offensive by Hamas on Oct. 7.

Erdogan stressed that the Israeli government, backed by the full support of the West, is committing atrocities and massacres in Gaza that shame humanity as a whole.

The “butchers of Gaza” must be held accountable for crimes against humanity, Erdogan said, adding that they will be held accountable “sooner or later.”

“Look, I'm saying it very clearly. Nothing can continue as it was before after Gaza. The account of the oppression, brutality, and barbarism experienced in the occupied Palestinian territories must be questioned both in terms of human conscience and before the law,” Erdogan added.

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