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Iranians rally to slam Israeli onslaught on Gaza

Yusef Jalali
Press TV, Tehran

Stop the massacre -- chant these angry protesters who have converged on the Palestine Square in the Iranian capital, Tehran, to denounce the latest Israeli aggression against the besieged Gaza Strip that left 46 Palestinians dead. Those killed included 16 children.

Tensions have escalated between Israel and Palestinian resistance groups since Friday, when Israel carried out airstrikes on cities across the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, killing dozens of people, including two commanders of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement.

The Islamic Jihad's military wing, the al-Quds Brigades, which is based in the coastal territory, responded by firing hundreds of rockets towards Israel, leaving the Israeli forces on the back foot.

The Islamic Jihad's show of force is believed to have pushed Tel Aviv into calling for a ceasefire, which took effect on Sunday.

The recent escalation is the worst outbreak of violence between Israel and Palestinian resistance groups since Operation Sword al-Quds, an 11-day war, last May.

The UN Security Council has expressed deep concern over the situation in the Gaza Strip during an emergency meeting on Tuesday held to discuss the Israeli aggression on the besieged territory.

While the UN has expressed its concern over the escalating violence against Palestinians, activists here say this is not enough. They are calling the international body to avoid verbal condemnation and take action to stop Israel from further aggression against Palestinians.

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