(Adds Security Council to convene, Turkey recalls ambassador)
By Jonathon Burch
ANKARA, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday urged the U.N. Security Council to discuss what he called a massacre in Egypt and rounded on Western nations for failing to stop the bloodshed.
Egyptian security forces crushed the protest camps of thousands of supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Mursi on Wednesday, clashes which killed several hundred people and defied Western appeals for restraint.
"Those who remain silent in the face of this massacre are as guilty as those who carried it out. The U.N. Security Council must convene quickly," Erdogan told a news conference in Ankara.
"I am calling on Western countries. You remained silent in Gaza, you remained silent in Syria ... You are still silent on Egypt. So how come you talk about democracy, freedom, global values and human rights," he said.
U.N. officials later said the Security Council would meet on Thursday following a joint request by council members France, Britain and Australia.
A Turkish foreign ministry official said Ankara was recalling its ambassador to Egypt for consultations following the crackdown. The official did not say when the ambassador would return to Cairo.
Turkey has emerged as one of the fiercest international critics of what it has repeatedly called an "unacceptable coup" after Egypt's military ousted Mursi last month.
Erdogan made no mention of Arab countries, who have remained largely silent over Wednesday's crackdown. Gulf Arab states, which see Egypt as a strategic ally against any threat from non-Arab Iran, celebrated Mursi's departure with palpable relief.
The United States condemned Wednesday's bloody crackdown and urged Egypt's authorities to respect basic human rights, while European leaders called for restraint and a return to dialogue.
But Erdogan, who recently faced street protests calling for his own democratically-elected government to quit, accused the West of double standards in failing to condemn Mursi's ouster.
"Those who ignored this coup, those who could not criticise the coup, and those who even failed to display the honour to call the coup 'a coup' are also responsible for the killing of those innocent children," Erdogan said on Thursday.
The United Nations, the United States and other powers have stopped short of denouncing Mursi's overthrow as a military coup; to do so might trigger automatic sanctions.
But Western allies warned Egypt's military leaders right up to the last minute against using force to crush protest sit-ins by Mursi's supporters, Western diplomats said. (Additional reporting by Gulsen Solaker; Writing by Nick Tattersall; Editing by Andrew Roche)