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Iran: US complicit in brutal massacre of Palestinians in Gaza

Amir Saeid Iravani, Iran's permanent ambassador to the United Nations

Iran's permanent ambassador to the United Nations says the US is aiding and abetting the Israeli regime's ongoing war on the besieged Palestinian territory of the Gaza Strip.

Israel launched the devastating war on October 7 after the Gaza-based Palestinian resistance groups staged Operation al-Aqsa Storm, a surprise attack on the occupied territories, in response to the Israeli regime’s intensified crimes against the Palestinian people. The war has so far killed at least 5,791 people across Gaza, including more than 2,000 children and about 1,400 women.

Addressing the UN Security Council on Tuesday, the Iranian envoy Amir Saeid Iravani said, "The US has further exacerbated the conflict by overtly aligning itself with the aggressor at the expense of the innocent Palestinian population."

"Its (the US's) rapid provision of military and logistical support to the oppressive occupying regime, thus made the US complicit in the brutal massacre of innocent Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip," he added.

Also on Tuesday, the health ministry in the Gaza Strip offered a new grim account of the regime's bloodthirsty attacks on the Palestinian territory.

"The Israeli occupation expands its targeting of multiple areas in the Gaza Strip, killing about 50 martyrs during the last hour," a ministry spokesperson said in a statement.

The media office in the Palestinian coastal sliver, meanwhile, said Israel had dropped more than 12,000 tons of explosives on the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the war.

"The explosive force of these explosives is equivalent to the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima in Japan" in 1945, the office said in a statement. "An average of 33 tons of explosives were dropped per square kilometer on the Palestinian enclave since Israel started its aggression," it added.

Amid the atrocities, Iravani went on, the US has been standing up to the international community's overwhelming desire to take the occupying regime to task over its atrocities.

"The primary impediment to such action has been the unwavering support of the United States, which has exercised its veto power on more than 40 resolutions within the Council," he noted.

"Iran continues to fully support the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people. Our commitment is to stand with Palestinian aspirations until the occupation is ended," the envoy concluded.

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