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Attacks in Gaza blow to shared values of humanity, Turkish FM says on Human Rights Day

December 10, 2023 at 12:44 pm

Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan speaks to the press in Washington D.C, USA on December 9, 2023 [Arda Küçükkaya/Anadolu Agency]

Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan on Sunday said continued Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip are a threat to common values of humanity, as he marked Human Rights Day that honors the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Anadolu Agency reports.

“This year, we observe this significant day with an increased awareness of the responsibility to stand against human rights violations in our region and worldwide, aiming to establish lasting peace and stability,” Fidan said in a written message released by Turkish Foreign Ministry.

“The ongoing inhumane attacks in Gaza not only strike a blow to the fundamental rights of the Palestinian people but also to the shared values of all humanity.”

“The inability to halt the ongoing tragedy so far highlights the weakness of the international system,” Fidan said.

He stressed that putting an end to the massacre of civilians in Gaza and taking action toward the establishment of lasting peace is a collective obligation for all countries.

The UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Dec.10, 1948.

At least 17,700 Palestinians have been killed and more than 48,780 others injured in relentless air and ground attacks on the enclave since the Oct. 7 cross-border attack by Hamas.

The Israeli death toll in the Hamas attack stood at 1,200, according to official figures.

Israel resumed its military offensive on the Gaza Strip on Dec. 1 after the end of a week-long humanitarian pause.

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