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Erdogan predicts war crimes trial for Netanyahu over Gaza offensive

Erdogan criticizes Western support for Israel, likens Netanyahu to a war criminal, and calls for UN reform amid ongoing conflict

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asserted on Monday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would eventually face trial as a war criminal for Israel's ongoing offensive in the Gaza Strip, according to a Reuters report today.

Erdogan, addressing an Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) committee meeting in Istanbul, criticized Western countries supporting Israel, accusing them of providing "unconditional support to kill babies" and being complicit in the alleged crimes. Erdogan likened Netanyahu to former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, stating that he would be tried as the "butcher of Gaza."

Turkey, not considering Hamas a terrorist group, hosts some of its members. Erdogan advocated for evaluating the United Nations Human Rights Council and the International Criminal Court within the framework of addressing the Gaza conflict, emphasizing the need to consider Israel's nuclear arsenal. He also criticized the UN Security Council's structure, calling for urgent reform, as he deemed it incapable of bringing peace or hope to humanity.

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