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‘Genocide’ in Gaza must stop: Iraq president

Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid (Photo by RT)

Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid has said the Israeli "genocide" of the Palestinian population in the Gaza Strip must stop.

“This genocide has to be stopped… We want to see the end of the war immediately,” Rashid said in an exclusive interview with RT on Thursday.

The goal of the government in Baghdad is to ensure that the Palestinians are given “complete self-determination,” and that the State of Palestine is recognized internationally and “plays its role in the region.” 

Rashid called on the international community to take prompt action in regard to providing the Palestinian people with all the necessary humanitarian aid.

Figures published onThursday showed since the Israeli regime forces launched their genocidal war on Gaza on October 7, more than 36,654 Palestinians, most of them children and women, have been killed and at least 83,300 more have been injured.

UNICEF said on Thursday that based on data gathered by the UN organization, ninety percent of Gaza children were "experiencing severe food poverty, surviving on two or fewer food groups per day.”

The Israelis months-long genocidal war on Gazans and the Tel Aviv's restriction on humanitarian aid reaching the Palestinians have collapsed food and health systems in Gaza and resulted in "catastrophic consequences" for children and their families, the UNICEF report stated.

"This is evidence of the horrific impact the conflict and restrictions are having on families’ ability to meet children’s food needs – and the speed at which it places children at risk of life-threatening malnutrition," the UN agency noted in its report.

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