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Iran condems Gaza siege, vows to back Palestinians

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani  has strongly condemned the continued bloodshed, bombardment and siege of innocent people in Gaza Strip, which he said has no logic.

Rouhani made the statement today (Wednesday) at a weekly meeting of the cabinet, where he noted that only an apartheid regime can bombard thousands of innocent civilians and create bloodbath under the pretext of death of 3 persons.

“Gazan people are even deprived of their basic rights such as necessary drugs”, Rouhani added.

Expressing concern about the crisis in Iraq and Syria, he asserted that extremist elements have taken gun under the name of Islam to kill Muslims and divide them.

The President hoped for the resolution of crisis in Iraq and Syria with the help of Muslim countries. “The Iraqi and Syrian nations can overcome the crisis through resistance and vigilance towards enemiesˈ divisive plots”, he added.

Iran to back Palestinians in any possible way- Speaker

Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani says the Islamic Republic will do all in its power to help the Palestinian nation.

Iran supports the Palestinian nation as well as unity among Muslims, Larijani said in a meeting with ambassadors of Islamic countries in Tehran on Tuesday.

“We take it upon ourselves to stand by and help the oppressed Palestinian people wholeheartedly one way or another,” he said.

The senior Iranian official also urged Muslim countries to set aside their minor differences and, instead, deal with major sources of concern for the Islamic world, particularly the Palestinian issue.   
Larijani criticized global powers for aiding Israel in its crimes against Palestinians and said the silence of certain regional countries has also emboldened the regime to continue with its violent inhumane atrocities.

Israel’s offensive against the besieged Gaza Strip has been going on for more than a week. The death toll from the nine days of Israeli strikes has risen to 205 people.

According to Palestinian health officials, around 30 percent of the Gazans killed by Israel’s recent airstrikes are women and children. More than 1,500 Palestinians have also been injured.

Meanwhile, Israeli troops and tanks have maintained large numbers of forces on the Gaza border in preparation for a possible ground incursion.

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has warned that it is prepared to hit back at Israeli forces should Tel Aviv launch a full-scale ground attack against Gaza.

Iranians stage rallies in support of defenseless Palestinians

The demonstrators chanted slogans in support of the oppressed Palestinian people in Gaza, including, ˈKilling women and children is not legitimate defenseˈ, ˈThe US and Europe are supporters of the Zionistsˈ, ˈThe US weapon is the killer of childrenˈ, ˈDeath to the USˈ and ˈDeath to Israelˈ.

They also issued a statement in their gathering to condemn the Zionist regimeˈs attacks on Gaza people.

The statement called on the international organizations to break their silence and don’t allow the Zionists to continue their crimes which, they said, have endangered peace and security in the world.

ˈThis war showed once again that trusting the Zionists is unwise and the insistence and efforts made by those who seek reconciliation to reach an agreement with the Zionist regime is in vain as Zionists have always been dreaming of annihilating the identity of Palestine and the Palestinians,ˈ it added.

Also, Iranian students in the holy city of Mashhad in Northeastern Iran held rallies in front of the UN office in the city on Tuesday afternoon to protest at the Zionist regimeˈs brutal aggression against the Palestinian territories.

Yesterday, four Iranian student unions in a gathering in front of the UN office in Tehran asked the world body to break its silence on the crimes committed by the Zionist regime against the Gazans and prevent the genocide of the Palestinian people by Israel.

ˈWe as students unions have held this gathering to protest at the UN silence as our first step to support the oppressed Palestinian people,ˈ said Nasser Arasteh, one of the union leaders, addressing the gathering on Monday.

Also, Alireza Karimi, another union leader, blasted the silence of the world states on the Zionistsˈ crimes against the Palestinians, and asked, ˈWhy have those countries which claim to be supporters of human rights now avoided defending the people who are facing the Zionist regimeˈs savage attacks?ˈ

In relevant remarks, Saeed Asqarian, the secretary-general of the studentsˈ Islamic community, underlined the necessity for the whole international community, specially the Muslims, to take a serious position against the Israeli inhumane attacks on the Gaza Strip.

Israel has been pounding the blockaded Gaza for 8 consecutive days, killing at least 190 people and injuring more than 1,280 others.

According to the UN, 77% of the victims in Gaza are civilian and defenseless people.