Friday, November 16, 2012

Iran calls for international action to end attacks on Gaza

Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi (file photo)

Source: Press TV

Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has called for immediate action by international organizations to end the Israeli regime’s savage assault on Gaza.

Salehi made the remarks during a speech at the 39th session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers in the Republic of Djibouti.

The Iranian Foreign Minister called on the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi, current President of the Security Council Hardeep Singh Puri, and the European Union to act immediately to defend Palestine and Gaza against the damaging effects of the Israeli regime’s attacks on the peace and security of Palestinians.

He also urged the international organizations to provide all-out political and humanitarian support in order to alleviate the miseries of the Palestinians.

Salehi further called on the foreign ministers of OIC member states to issue a statement and condemn the atrocious acts committed by the Zionist regime and support the oppressed people of Palestine.

At least 25 Palestinians have been killed in the new wave of Israeli attacks on the blockaded Gaza Strip since November 14, and 250 people have been injured.

Following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement that the military was preparing for a “significant widening” of its attacks against the blockaded coastal strip, the Tel Aviv regime has called up 30,000 army reservists, preparing 16,000 for a possible ground invasion of Gaza.

The Israeli regime conducts airstrikes and ground attacks against the besieged Palestinian territory on an almost regular basis.

Gaza has been blockaded since 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the living standards, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.

The apartheid regime of Israel denies about 1.7 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs that pay proper wages, and adequate healthcare and education.


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