Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday called on the UN Security Council and Arab League to take immediate steps to stop a “massacre” in Egypt, saying international silence had paved the way for the Egyptian authorities’ violent crackdown.

“The international community, especially the UN Security Council and Arab League, must act immediately to stop this massacre,” Erdoğan’s office said in a statement.

Turkish President Abdullah Gül also said on Wednesday the armed intervention by Egyptian security forces against protesters in Cairo was “completely unacceptable”.

“Armed intervention on civilians, on people demonstrating … This is completely unacceptable,” Gül told reporters at İstanbul’s Atatürk Airport before his flight to Azerbaijan.

Turkey has emerged as one of the fiercest international critics of what it has called an “unacceptable coup” after Egypt’s military ousted the elected Morsi.

Egyptian security forces, backed by armored cars and bulldozers, moved on Wednesday to clear two sit-in camps by supporters of the country’s ousted president, blanketing protesters with tear gas, state television and security officials said.

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said at least 200 people were killed and over 5,000 injured in the police crackdown.

source: todayszaman