Iran urges international action to rein in Israel
Iran’s foreign minister has called on the UN, the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to intervene and bring a halt to the Israeli aggression against Palestinians.
“I request Your Excellency to make efforts – in line with your legal and humane obligations – for preventing the Zionist regime’s aggressive actions and the carnage of the oppressed Palestinian people,” Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote in a letter on Thursday.
The letter is addressed to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi and OIC Secretary General Iyad Ameen Madani.
“Doubtlessly, an explicit condemnation of the Zionist regime’s crimes against Palestinian regions and preventing the continuation of strikes by this regime are responsibilities assigned to all regional and international bodies and assemblies,” Zarif stated.
The Iranian foreign minister warned that the Israeli regime’s continuing attacks on the Gaza Strip have created a “very worrying and catastrophic situation.”
Zarif said the persistence of the Israeli atrocities against the Palestinians “will result in a massive human tragedy and will definitely pose serious threat to peace and security in the region.”
Israel has been pounding the besieged Gaza Strip for three consecutive days, killing at least 80 people and injuring around 500 others.
Violence against Palestinians has intensified over the past month. Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian teen, was burned alive in East al-Quds last week. Abu Khdeir’s death came after Israel found the dead bodies of three settlers whose deaths it blames on Hamas. The resistance movement rejects the allegation.
Gaza has been blockaded since June 2007. The blockade has caused a decline in the standards of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment and unrelenting poverty.