Muslims world could not pass Gaza examination: Turkish Religious Minister

Politics Materials 6 January 2009 18:18 (UTC +04:00)
Muslims world could not pass Gaza examination: Turkish Religious Minister

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 6 / Trend , B.Hasanov/

Turkish Religious Minister Ali Bardakoglu believes that the Muslim world has not displayed a necessary reaction to the latest Gaza developments. "The Muslim world could not pass examination at the latest Gaza developments. Unfortunately, Muslims countries possessing great economic power and international authority have kept silence on this issue," Bardakoglu told Trend via telephone from Ankara.

Israeli Air Forces struck the Gaza Strip at day time on Dec. 27. After six-month truce between Hamas and Israel expired on Dec. 19, Hamas fired rockets at Sderot and Ashkelon towns of Israel as a response to murder of four Palestinians.

The military offensive launched by Israel on Dec. 27 claimed lives of 310 people and injured 700. Women and children account for greater part of the dead and injured, Hamas press service in Gaza said to Trend . Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders have promised to revenge Israel for crimes committed in the Gaza Strip. 

As a response to Israeli air strikes to the Gaza Strip, Hamas fired about 60 missiles to Sderot and Ashkelon. Israeli government announced emergency situation in these towns. The Israeli troops commenced land offensive in Gaza Strip on Jan.3.

Bardakoglu said that the latest Gaza developments is not a war but massacre and deepened revenge, spite and hatred feelings. "How can innocent children's murder and bombing schools, mosques, as well as hospitals be justified?" Bardakoglu said.

The Authoritative Western countries even did not condemn the Israeli actions and fulfill their duties before mankind, Bardakoglu added.

Barkadoglu said that the Islamic countries confined themselves with statements condemning the Israeli actions and did not display necessary reaction. "It is wrong to be confined with statement condemning the military operations. The major step will be to use all means to cease the slaughter, fully to provide injured people with treatment and to deliver humanitarian aid to the injured people," Bardakoglu said.