Israel killing not only women, children but also journalists working in Gaza, says Turkish President Erdogan

By Anadolu Agency

Israel is targeting not only women and children in Gaza but also journalists trying to work under difficult conditions, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.

International organizations are responsible for the world’s inability to establish global peace and security and solve problems, Erdogan said in an address to the TRT World Forum 2023 in Istanbul.

“Global media cartels are trying to cover up the brutality in Gaza and legitimize the massacre of journalists under the pretext of Hamas,” he added, referring to Israel’s attacks on Gaza since Oct. 7, which have taken over 17,000 lives, most of them women and children.

“Every day a journalist is being killed, yet from institutions that for years have been preaching about press freedom all we hear is silence,” he said.

Lauding Turkish media outlets for reporting on Gaza accurately, showing the world the real conditions there under a deadly siege, he said: “I would like to congratulate TRT, Anadolu, and our other media institutions that opened up a vital corridor from Gaza to the world.”

Over 70 journalists have been killed in Gaza, said Erdogan, adding: “Where is the world’s renowned press? Why don’t they publish headlines about the journalists killed?”

“It is not the West – which pours fuel on the fire – which pays the price for every moment lost in achieving lasting peace, but unfortunately the innocents,” the Turkish president said.

“Türkiye is ready to shoulder the responsibility to prevent more bloodshed from happening (in Gaza),” Erdogan said, referring to its offer to mediate peace or serve as a guarantor for the region.

“In a just peace, there are no losers,” he added.

More than 75 journalists have been killed and 140 wounded in Israeli attacks since Oct. 7.

At least 17,177 Palestinians have been killed and more than 46,000 others injured in relentless air and ground attacks on the Gaza Strip since Oct. 7 following a cross-border attack by Hamas.

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