OIC chief says recent Israeli massacre 'war crime'

OIC chief urged the national Palestinian factions to engage immediately in a serious national dialogue in order to restore national cohesion.

OIC chief says recent Israeli massacre 'war crime'
World Bulletin / News Desk

The Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, condemned the "horrendous massacre perpetrated by Israel against unarmed civilians in the Gaza Strip" on Saturday.

He pointed out that the recent Israeli massacre is "a war crime that reflects Israel's disregard for international law and for the Fourth Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War," in a statement released by OIC.

The statement said "the massacre of innocent civilians reaffirms the urgent need for a serious and urgent action by the international community to put an end to Israel's aggression against the Palestinian people and its disrespect for human values and for international laws and treaties that criminalize the targeting of civilians."

He also called for the resumption and consolidation of the truce and for avoiding the targeting of civilians.

Ihsanoglu also urged the national Palestinian factions to engage immediately in a serious national dialogue in order to restore national cohesion, move out of their divisiveness, and face up to the difficult circumstances afflicting Palestinian cause.

He emphasized that a call will be made to convene an urgent meeting of the OIC Executive Committee at the ministerial level to discuss the situation in the Gaza Strip.

He also called on the UN Security Council to move promptly in order to induce Israel to put an end to its violations and take action to protect the Palestinian people from the oppression and aggression of Israel.


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