Palestinian military operation natural reaction to Israel’s crimes: Iran
Iran says the ongoing large-scale operation launched by Palestinian resistance groups against Israel is a natural and legitimate response to the regime's crimes against the Palestinian people in recent months.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remark in a phone call with the European Union's foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, on Monday, which was the third day of Operation al-Aqsa Storm, the largest military operation against Israel in decades.
Since Saturday, the Gaza Strip-based resistance groups have fired thousands of rockets at the occupied territories. According to Israeli media outlets, more than 900 settlers and troops have been killed, with over 2,600 others injured as a result.
Amir-Abdollahian slammed the West's inaction on the "systematic crimes" of the Israeli regime against Palestinians, saying, "If Europe and the West had stopped [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu's crimes without [applying their] double standards, perhaps Palestine was not witnessing this situation now."
The top Iranian diplomat also urged the international community to do its best to support the rights of the Palestinian people.
For his part, Borrell said the EU has been a critic of Netanyahu's behavior, adding, however, that it is necessary to think about promoting peace at the current juncture.
In a post on his X account, Amir-Abdollahian explained his phone conversation with Borrell, emphasizing that the resistance's operation was a "legitimate and natural" response to the Zionist regimes’ "extremist and criminal" measures.
He added that Operation al-Aqsa Storm is "also an inevitable result of Netanyahu’s extremist actions against the motherland of the Palestinian nation."
Amir-Abdollahian also stressed the need for global efforts "to put an immediate halt to the apartheid Zionist regime's massacre of Palestinian citizens, women and children, particularly the resident of the Gaza Strip."
The Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip has recorded the death of more than 700 civilians, including 140 children and 105 women, and injury of about 3,900 others. A large number of buildings, homes and public facilities have also been badly damaged due to heavy Israeli bombardments.