Turkish FM says Israel will pay for killing Palestinians

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (Abdulhamid Hosbas / Anadolu Agency)

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavulşoğlu on Tuesday said Israel would pay for killing dozens of Palestinian last week, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

“If Israel does not pay for the terror it has committed, it will continue to act with impunity. That’s why Israel will pay,” Çavuşoğlu said during a meeting in the Manavgat district of Antalya province.

Çavuşoğlu also said they would be following a case in the International Criminal Court (ICC) submitted by Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki.

Al-Malki on Tuesday requested that the ICC investigate Israel’s settlement building and alleged war crimes.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday said Turkey would take economic steps against Israel after elections on June 24. “We will evaluate our relations, especially economic and trade relations [with Israel] again. We will take steps in this direction after the elections [on June 24],” he said.

Erdoğan also called on the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member countries to take steps in line with an OIC decision recommending a boycott of Israeli products.

Last week President Erdoğan called an extraordinary summit of the OIC and a large public rally to protest the Israeli government for the killing of over 60 Palestinians on May 14.

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