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Erdogan condemns US, UK for excessive force in Yemen, Israel’s actions in Gaza

Erdogan condemns US, UK for excessive force in Yemen, Israel's actions in Gaza
By Ahmet Kocak
Jan 12, 2024 4:29 PM

U.S. and U.K. are using disproportionate force in Yemen, says President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as he criticizes Israel’s oppression in Gaza

The United States and Britain have used excessive force in Yemen, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters after the Friday prayers in Istanbul. 

“All of these actions involve the use of disproportionate force. Israel is also using disproportionate force in Palestine,” Erdogan said.

“We receive information from various sources that the Houthis have made very successful defenses, provided successful responses, against both the U.S. and the U.K.,” he added.

The U.S. and U.K. carried out strikes on multiple targets inside Yemen late Thursday in response to ongoing drone and missile strikes by Iran-backed Houthis on international shipping lanes in the Red Sea.

The attacks by the Yemeni group began in November in response to Israel’s attacks on Gaza.

On South Africa’s genocide case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Erdogan said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has nowhere to hide and that there is no defense for his actions.

“I would have seen (Israel’s) President (Isaac) Herzog in a much more sincere atmosphere at this point, but lately, he has also imitated Netanyahu, starting to make very different statements,” he added.

He noted Israel is presenting its arguments in the top U.N. court adding: “(But) the documents we have presented are useful for The Hague.”

The first day of the trial concluded on Thursday after the Ambassador of South Africa to Amsterdam, Vusimuzi Madonsela, read the nine interim measures his country requested from the Court against Israel.

On the first day of the trial, the South African side presented their allegations against Israel to the ICJ along with the supporting reasons and evidence.

Legal representatives for South Africa in the trial accused Israel of “deliberate actions against Gazans, proving genocidal intent.”

Source: Anadolu Agency

Last Updated:  Jun 5, 2024 4:39 PM