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President Raeisi: Israeli actions in Gaza clear example of genocide, war crimes

The photo shows Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi (R) and Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. (By

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi has denounced the Israeli aerial assaults on the besieged Gaza Strip as war crimes, calling for an end to the regime’s genocide of Palestinian people.

Raeisi made the remarks during a telephone conversation with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Saturday, amid Israel's relentless bombardment of the Gaza Strip, which followed Operation Al-Aqsa Storm of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas on October 7.

“The Zionist leaders’ statements and actions in recent days are an obvious example of war crimes and genocide in flagrant violation of all international treaties,” the Iranian president said, stressing that the occupying entity’s crime machine should stop as soon as possible.

He also held the US and other allies of Tel Aviv responsible for the atrocities committed by Israel against the Palestinians.

“The situation in Palestine is a clear proof of contradictory and hypocritical positions of the Westerners who are claiming to defend human rights,” the Iranian chief executive added.

“Operation Al-Aqsa Storm showed that no order can be established in the region without taking into account the rights of the Palestinian nation. The Zionists’ crimes must be pursued in international bodies.”

Operation Al-Aqsa Storm is rooted in 75 years of occupation, humiliation and desecration of sanctities of the Palestinians, Raeisi said, noting that the oppressed nation’s new generation has risen up to demand its breached rights.

“The leaders of the Zionist regime are seeking to avenge their humiliating and historic defeat on the battlefield on the defenseless people of Gaza by cutting off water and electricity [to the coastal sliver], preventing the entry of food and medicines, and using prohibited weapons such as phosphorous bombs,” he asserted.

“If oppression and aggression could silence the Palestinians' call for rights, it would have happened in the past 75 years.”

The Qatari emir, for his part, underlined the need for Tehran-Doha cooperation towards ending the Zionist regime's crimes in Gaza and upholding the Palestinians’ rights.

The Western media try to show a false and reversed image of regional developments despite a global awakening with freedom-seeking people supporting the Palestinians’ rights, he added.

Sheikh Tamim further emphasized that stability in the region will not be achieved without upholding the rights of the Palestinian people.

Today, he said, the world witnesses the disastrous behavior of the Zionist regime and its efforts to once again displace the Palestinians from their homeland.

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas said its operation came in response to Israel’s violations at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East al-Quds and growing Israeli settler violence.

The Gaza Health Ministry said 2,329 Palestinians, mostly women and children, have been killed and 9,714 others injured by Israeli strikes.

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