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OIC to meet in Istanbul Friday to mull Israel violence

16 May 2018

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has strongly condemned the Israeli aggression against Palestinian civilians, which led to the martyrdom of more than 52 and the injuries to about 2,000 people during peaceful protests.

The US administration "unlawfully" opened its embassy in Jerusalem, said the OIC on Monday terming it a "clear violation" of global law and legitimacy and in clear contempt of worldwide community's position regarding Jerusalem.

"The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) strongly rejects and condemns in the strongest terms this illegal decision by the U.S. administration", said the OIC in a statement.

Erdoğan said the worldwide community should speak out for Palestinians' suffering and called for a firm and common stance by the OIC.

The Turkish PM telephoned PM Abbasi and extended invitation for the extraordinary session of the OIC called on May 18 to discuss the situation arising out of the massacre of innocent Palestinians by Israeli forces.

Turkey strongly condemned the USA for opening the embassy in Jerusalem and Israel for "committing a massacre" against the Palestinian protestors.

Since the Gaza rallies kicked off on March 30, scores of Palestinian demonstrators have been killed - and thousands injured - by Israeli troops deployed along the other side of the border.

The summit declared East Jerusalem - which the global community regards as annexed by Israel - "as the capital of the State of Palestine" and urged the world to follow suit.

Besides bringing out rallies and demonstrations in favour of Palestinian Muslims, struggling for their just right to secure their homeland, special prayers would also be offered for them across the country. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas announced a three-day mourning.

OIC to meet in Istanbul Friday to mull Israel violence