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Sabra and Shatila massacre brought utter disgrace on Israel, allies: Tehran

This file picture shows the aftermath of the 1982 massacre of thousands of civilians in the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila.

Iran has denounced the massacre of civilians in Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in 1982 at the hands of the Israeli-backed Phalange militia as an indelible stain in the history of the Tel Aviv regime and its allies.

Spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry Nasser Kan’ani in a post on his X account on Saturday commemorated the 41st anniversary of the ruthless carnage of thousands of innocent and defenseless men, women and children, stating that the “Zionists and their mercenaries” have outperformed all criminals throughout history by this act of butchery.

Kan’ani went on to describe the Sabra and Shatila massacre as only one example of “the performance of the organized terror machine of the criminal Israeli regime” against the Palestinian people.

“Such crimes have continued to be perpetrated by occupying Zionists for several decades with the support of the United States and Europe,” he added.

The Iranian diplomat stressed that the mass killing will remain a dark stain for the sponsors of the Israeli regime as well as fake advocates of human rights, particularly the US and the United Kingdom.

On September 16, 1982, following the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, Phalangist militias stormed the refugee camps in west Beirut and began a massacre of mostly Palestinian civilians.   

Around 3,500 people, including many women and children, were brutally murdered in a depraved three-day killing spree by Christian Phalangist militias, with the cooperation of Israeli forces.

The Israelis fired flares throughout the night to light up the killing field – thus allowing the militias to see their way through the narrow alleys of the camps.  

After the Phalangists had finished their orgy of killing, the bodies of dead children littered the streets like discarded dolls, with bullet holes in the back of their heads.

As the bloodbath concluded, Israel supplied bulldozers to dig mass graves. In 1983, Israel’s investigative Kahan Commission found that Ariel Sharon, the then-Israeli minister of war affairs, bore “personal responsibility” for the slaughter.

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