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OIC envoys lash out at Israeli minister's threat to nuke Gaza

Israeli heritage minister Amichai Eliyahu

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)'s ambassadors based in Brussels have lashed out at a recent threat by an Israeli extremist minister to use a nuclear bomb against the Gaza Strip.

In a statement on Monday, the envoys denounced the remarks, which had been made by Israeli heritage minister Amichai Eliyahu a day earlier, as an "abhorrent speech."

Speaking in an interview, Eliyahu had said that deployment of the unconventional weapon against the coastal territory was "one of the possibilities." Asked about the fate of the Palestinian families in Gaza after nuking the strip, he said, "They can go to Ireland or deserts."

The statement further denounced the threat as "an extension of terrorist racist ideology which calls for the international community’s condemnation."

The envoys, meanwhile, called for "effective measures to stop the barbaric military aggression, daily massacre, and genocide carried out by the Israeli occupation forces against the Palestinian people."

The statement came on the 31st day of a genocidal war by the regime on besieged Gaza.

The war started after the territory's resistance movements waged a surprise attack against the occupying entity, dubbed Operation al-Aqsa Storm, in response to its decades-long campaign of bloodletting and devastation against Palestinians.

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza, the death toll from indiscriminate Israeli bombardments has surpassed 10,300 people, including over 6,500 children and women.

The ambassador's statement urged "an immediate cessation of this illegal and inhumane Israeli aggression."

By pressing ahead with the aggression in Gaza and the West Bank -- which the Israeli regime has occupied since 1967 -- the regime is seeking "to transfer the crisis created by the Israeli occupation to the neighboring countries," the ambassadors said. The comments echoed those made by many regional officials, who have denounced Tel Aviv for trying to forcibly displace the Palestinians to Egypt and Jordan.

The statement said Tel Aviv's efforts amounted to "ethnic cleansing," and urged the formation of "an international force" that could provide protection for Palestinians.

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