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Iranian capital to host international conference on Palestine

A Palestinian protester holds a Holy Quran with the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, January 19, 2017. (Photo by AP)

The Iranian capital, Tehran, is set to host a two-day international conference on Palestine in a show of solidarity with the oppressed nation in the face of Israel occupation and atrocities.

The 6th International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Intifada (uprising) will open in Tehran on Tuesday, with 80 delegations from around the world expected to be in attendance.

Around 700 foreign guests and representatives of the pro-Palestinian organizations are slated to take part in the event.

Among other participants are senior Iranian officials, including President Hassan Rouhani, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani, according to Lawmaker Kazem Jalali, the spokesman of the conference.

Kazem Jalali, spokesman of the 6th International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Intifada (2nd L), addresses a press briefing in Tehran, February 18, 2017. (Photo by IRNA)

Jalali said the conference will be held at a time when the Zionist regime is waging proxy wars in the region in an attempt to distract the Muslim world from the Palestinian cause.

In an interview with Al Mayadeen news channel, Abbas Zaki, a senior member of the Palestinian Fatah movement, praised the upcoming forum in Tehran as a “real victory for the Palestinian nation.”

The official also criticized the Arab governments for their failure in dealing with the Israeli regime’s occupation of Palestinian lands.

He said the Arab leaders are under the influence of the United States, which is using the regime in Tel Aviv as a “tool” to pursue its own hostile agenda in the Middle East region.

The conference will be held in Tehran amid ongoing tensions between Palestinians and the Israeli military in the occupied West Bank.

Around 280 Palestinians have so far been killed by Israeli forces since October 2015.

The tensions are viewed as the third intifada against Israel. The first intifada took place between 1987 and 1993, and the second one in the 2000s.

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