Iran warns of ‘human catastrophe’ amid Israeli onslaught against Palestinians
Iran’s foreign minister has warned of a “human catastrophe” over Israel’s bombing of the besieged Gaza Strip, urging the UN to implement measures to end the occupying regime crimes against Palestinians.
Hossein Amir-Abdollahian raised the alarm in a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday as he pointed to the recent developments in Palestine and the Israeli regime’s decades-long aggression on Palestinians.
Amir-Abdollahian touched on the plight and suffering of the Palestinian people at the hands of the illegal entity over the past seven decades, blaming Western countries, led by the United States, for the dire situation in Palestine.
"During the past seven decades, the occupying Zionist regime without paying the slightest attention to the laws and norms of international law, including international humanitarian law and human rights, and while enjoying all-out support from the United States of America and the West, which protect this regime against any legal charges and punishment, has committed the most heinous war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of genocide against the oppressed people of Palestine," the top Iranian diplomat said in the letter.
Amir-Abdollahian pointed to Operation al-Aqsa Storm by the Palestinian resistance groups against Israel and described the Hamas-led military action as a natural reaction of the Palestinian people in defense of their most basic rights.
The Iranian foreign minister also underlined the Palestinians' right to self-defense against the occupying regime in accordance with the UN Charter and international law.
Amir-Abdollahian noted that the only solution to the Palestinian issue is to end the Israeli occupation, recognize the right of the oppressed Palestinian people to determine their own destiny and the formation of an independent Palestinian state with al-Quds as its capital.
Israeli officials have ordered a total blockade of Gaza to compensate for heavy losses suffered during Operation Al-Aqsa Storm launched by the resistance movement Hamas on Saturday. The resistance group in the besieged Gaza Strip has fired over 5,000 rockets at the occupied territories. Israeli media outlets report that more than 1,000 settlers and troops have been killed and a lot more injured as a result.
Hamas said that its operation came in response to Israel’s violations at al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East al-Quds and growing settler violence.
Rights groups and international organization have criticized the Israeli regime for its indiscriminate bombing of Gaza and its siege on the territory which has left people without water, electricity and other basic supplies.