Syria, Turkey Condemn Israeli Strikes in Gaza

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Syria's Foreign Ministry issued a statement Tuesday strongly condemning "Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people," while Syrian troops continued killing anti-government protestors in the beleaguered city of Homs. 

The statement urged "the international community to initiate immediate action" against Israel and punish those responsible. It also called Arab criticism of Syria a smokescreen for Israel.

"Syria draws the attention of the Arab people to the gravity of the suspicious Arab moves led by some Gulf States at different international forums against Syria as they offer a service to the Israeli entity to cover what is taking place in the Gaza Strip," the statement read, Syria's state-run news agency, SANA, reported.

The Foreign Ministry may have been referring to earlier remarks by Arab League chairman Nabil Elaraby in Cairo, who called for an "impartial international inquiry into what is happening [in Homs] to uncover those responsible for these crimes to face justice."

One resident of Homs described the brutality of the government troops there, the Huffington Post reported.

"They shot the men and burned the others alive," he told the protest website Avaaz.org.

"They slaughtered the children in front of their mothers and then raped the women, some of whom were minors," he said.

Meanwhile, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan urged Israel "to stop the brutal attack against Palestinians and stop the massacre and bloodshed," calling IAF airstrikes "state terror."

In the same statement, Erdogan condemned the "massacres taking place daily" in Syria, saying his country is "making every possible effort to prevent further escalation" there.

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YNet contributed to this report.

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