Turkish president hails UN resolution on Palestinians

By Kubra Chohan

ANKARA (AA) – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday hailed a UN General Assembly resolution that urges protection for Palestinians.

Speaking after an iftar (fast-breaking) dinner in Istanbul, Erdogan said: “I see the decision taken yesterday by the UN General Assembly as a historic milestone on the Palestinian issue.”

“We will never leave the first qibla Jerusalem to the mercy of the invading Israeli state, which certainly only feeds from blood, slaughter and tears,” Erdogan added.

The Turkish and Algerian-sponsored resolution passed in the General Assembly with 120-8 votes. In all, 45 countries abstained.

The resolution blamed Israel for the recent deaths of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and urged the international community to consider protection for Palestinian civilians.

The countries that voted against the resolution include the U.S., Israel, Australia, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Togo, Solomon Islands and Micronesia.