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Iran calls for emergency meeting of Human Rights Council as Israeli genocide rages

Wounded Palestinians sit in al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, central Gaza Strip, after arriving from Al-Ahli hospital following an Israeli strike there. (Photo by AP)

Iran's Judiciary has urged the United Nations Human Rights Council to hold an emergency meeting on the Israeli atrocities in the besieged Gaza Strip, calling for a resolution against the Tel Aviv regime.  

Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday, Iran’s Judiciary spokesman Masoud Setayeshi said the crimes committed by Israel in Gaza and the occupied West Bank are defined as “war crimes and crimes against humanity, according to many international documents, including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.”

In this regard, he noted that Tehran sent a letter to the UN secretary-general, the President of the Human Rights Council, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, calling for a meeting on the Israeli crimes in Gaza and an anti-Israel resolution.

The letter, sent by Kazem Gharibabadi, secretary of Iran's High Council for Human Rights and the Judiciary chief's deputy for international affairs, also urged the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly to stop the Israeli crimes against Palestinians and hold those responsible accountable.

Setayeshi stressed that “all nations demand a trial for [Israel’s] war criminals”, adding that Israeli leaders “must be tried by the independent legal systems of the countries.”

The spokesman noted that Tel Aviv has intensified its crimes as it has recognized its collapse is looming.

“The Zionist regime has committed ethnic cleansing and killed children in order to survive for more few days,” he said.

However, the Israel regime would “eventually sink into this whirlpool,” Setayeshi stressed.

He also hit out at some Western countries who claim to be advocates of human rights, noting that their support for Israel in its aggression on Gaza has exposed their hypocrisy and double standards.

Israel waged a war on Gaza on October 7 after the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas launched the surprise Operation Al-Aqsa Storm against the occupying entity in response to the Israeli regime's decades-long campaign of bloodletting and devastation against Palestinians.

Since the start of the Israeli aggression, more than 5,000 Palestinians have been killed.

Tel Aviv has also blocked water, food, and electricity to Gaza, plunging the coastal strip into a humanitarian crisis.

The regime has further ordered 1.1 million people in the north of Gaza to evacuate and move south of the coastal sliver.

However, it has continued to rain down bombs on the south, killing large numbers of Palestinians.

The United Nations says about half of the Palestinians in Gaza have been made homeless, still trapped inside the besieged enclave.

The world body’s human rights office says Israel’s complete siege of Gaza, combined with the evacuation order, could amount to a forcible transfer of civilians, breaching international law.

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