2023-11-26 17:36:16 UTC
the Gaza Strip. They have submitted evidence to the International
Criminal Court (ICC), as reported by the newspaper "Daily Sabah".
The Istanbul-based lawyers presented, among other forms of evidence,
photographs, and videos from the Anatolia agency that they argue
document Israel's war crimes in the region.
The delegation, which includes Turkish legal experts such as Cuneyt
Yuksel, the chairman of the parliamentary justice commission, and
members of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), issued a
statement in The Hague.
Speaking outside the ICC headquarters, Yuksel highlighted the critical
need to address the atrocities committed by the Israeli army,
asserting that "no conscience can remain silent regarding this issue".
Yuksel claimed that, since October 7, when the Israeli armed forces
retaliated against incursions by the Palestinian organization Hamas,
over 15,000 innocent civilians have lost their lives. Yuksel said, "We
are facing unimaginable cruelty."
"Every location where civilians gathered was a direct target of
attacks. We are confronted with an appalling situation and horrendous
hatred," he continued.
The Turkish parliament representative elaborated that though Israel is
not a party to the ICC, Israeli officials could still be prosecuted
due to the Palestinian Authority's recognition of the Tribunal's
Mustafa Deniz, a member of the delegation, mentioned that the evidence
incorporated for the ICC includes video recordings, photographs, and
testimonies from witnesses and victims.
Middle East conflict: Turkish president's harsh words
In November, Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Tel Aviv of adhering to
"terrorist state" methods. He warned that "if Israel continues its
massacres in the Gaza Strip, it will be categorized as a terrorist
Erdogan stressed that Turkey "will take steps to bring those
responsible for the merciless slaughter of Gaza residents before
"From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free"