Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel Tuesday of firing phosphorous bombs at innocent civilians during Operation Cast Lead and of hurting children.
"In Gaza, phosphorous bombs fells on innocent children," the Turkish newspaper Sabah reported Erdogan saying in a conversation with religious figures in Turkey.
"There are countries in which children receive the best education and the most advanced medical services. In other places there is desperation, poverty, war, and weapons of mass destruction," he added.
"We must listen to the voices of the oppressed. Iraq was conquered, and so was Gaza. Humanity is watching the evils from a comfortable seat."
On Sunday Turkey announced it would be canceling a military drill in which Israel had intended to participate. The Air Force recently completed preparations for the drill, but a few days before it was scheduled to take place Israel's invitation was withdrawn.
Opposition chairwoman Tzipi Livni said Monday in an interview with a Turkish TV station that the cooperation between the two countries should also be valued by Turkey.