Erdogan calls on Pope to keep denouncing Gaza violence
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on a phone call to Pope Francis that the international community should impose sanctions on Israel for its actions against the Palestinians and urged the Pope to comment on the conflict, Erdogan's office said on Monday .
Last week, around 200 people were killed by Israeli bombing in Gaza and 10 people were killed by militant missiles in Israel.
Turkey has condemned the violence and accused Israel of "ethnic, religious and cultural cleansing". Pope Francis said on Sunday the increasing casualties of the conflict were unacceptable.
The Turkish Presidency said Erdogan had told Pope Francis that Israel was a threat to regional security and that the international community "should teach Israel the chilling lesson it deserves".
"Erdogan ... underlined that the Palestinians would continue to face a massacre as long as the international community did not sanction Israel - the humanitarian crime -" a statement said.
He also stressed that "Pope Francis' continued messages are of great importance in mobilizing the Christian world and the international community," it said.
(Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Jonathan Spicer and Angus MacSwan)
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