Iran: Regional situation resembles ‘powder keg’ ready to explode

2023-10-19 18:37:25
Iran: Regional situation resembles ‘powder keg’ ready to explode

Iran’s foreign minister has likened the current situation in West Asia to a “powder keg” ready to explode, expressing hope for an end to Israel’s war crimes against the Palestinians.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks on Thursday before leaving the Saudi port city of Jeddah, where he attended an emergency meeting of the Executive Committee of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on the bloody Israeli bombardment of Gaza.

He said all the foreign ministers who participated in the session agreed on the immediate cessation of the regime’s war crimes.

The top diplomats, he said, were also seriously concerned about the spillover of the war, something that seems inevitable and may happen at any hour.

“The circumstances in the region resemble a powder keg with the possibility of being exploded or getting out of control. We hope to see an end to war crimes against the people of Gaza as soon as possible,” Amir-Abdollahian said.

The Iranian foreign minister also noted that in talks with his counterparts on the sidelines of the OIC meeting he had censured US President Joe Biden for his visit to the region in support of the criminal and warmongering side.

Israel launched the war on Gaza on October 7 after the Palestinian resistance group Hamas waged the surprise Operation Al-Aqsa Storm against the occupying entity.

The Tel Aviv regime has killed over 3,780 Palestinians, including at least 1,520 children and 1,000 women. Well over 12,400 Palestinians have been injured.

Israel has also blocked water, food and electricity to Gaza, plunging the coastal sliver into a humanitarian crisis.

The deadliest Israeli strike was carried out on Tuesday night, when the regime hit Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza. About 500 people were killed.

Referring to the carnage, Amir-Abdollahian said the occupiers along with the White House have made a “ridiculous claim” by blaming the attack on the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement.


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