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‘Israeli attacks, holocaust of Gazans’

Press TV [1]
Thursday, January 1, 2009

Turkey and Syria have described the Israeli campaign against Gazans as a ‘holocaust’, calling for an immediate end to the ‘massacre’. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday to discuss ways to stop the “massacre committed by Israel” on Gaza Palestinians.

Following the meeting the two leaders jointly said that it was “essential that Arab and Islamic countries intervene to force Israel to immediately halt this holocaust against an unarmed population,” the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.

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More than 399 Palestinians have been killed since the start of the Israeli attacks against Gaza – now on its sixth day -, and some 1,925 others are reported wounded.

Abandoning mediation between Tel Aviv and Damascus following the Israeli onslaught, Erdogan began a four-nation tour of the region to discuss ways to halt Israel’s attacks that have killed and wounded more than 2300 Palestinians since Saturday.

The Turkish premier’s tour will next take him to Egypt on Thursday and Saudi Arabia on Friday.

Meanwhile, a draft proposal for condemning the Israeli campaign on the Gaza Strip was reject by the United Nations Security Council, despite international calls for a UNSC resolution on the issue.