Iran: Israeli Sacrilege of Al-Aqsa Mosque Reaction to Gaza Defeat
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kana'ani strongly condemned the recent sacrilege of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israel, and described the heinous move as a reaction to the Zionist regime's failure against the Palestinian resistance movements in the recent Gaza fighting.
Iran deplored Israeli settlers' latest violation of the sanctity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque's compound in the occupied city of Al-Quds, calling it a reaction to the Israeli regime's recent defeat in the face of the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip.
Tweeting on Friday, Kana'ani denounced "Zionists' repeated desecration of the Al-Aqsa Mosque ['s compound] and [their] shouting of racist slogans against Palestinians and Muslims".
The remarks came a day after hundreds of Israeli settlers stormed the compound - which is Islam's third-holiest site - in Al-Quds' Old City amid heavy protection provided for them by thousands of Israeli troops. The violation took place ahead of the so-called "flag march" by Israelis, which marks the regime's 1967 occupation of the Palestinian territory of the West Bank, including East Al-Quds -- which Palestinian want as the capital of their future state.
The spokesperson called the settlers' infringement on the compound "a reaction to the [Israeli regime's] disastrous defeat in the face of Gaza's heroic resistance".
Israel launched a deadly bombing campaign on the Gaza Strip last Tuesday, sparking the firing of over 1,000 rockets by the Palestinian groups toward the occupied territories. The two sides agreed after five days of fighting to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire that took effect on Saturday night.
Israeli aerial assaults martyred at least 33 Palestinians in Gaza, including children and women, and wounded 150, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.
Several Islamic Jihad leaders were also among the Palestinian martyrs of the latest conflict, which marked the worst episode of fighting between Gaza’s resistance factions and the Zionist regime since a 10-day war in 2021.
Over the past months, Israel has ramped up attacks on Palestinian towns and cities throughout the occupied territories. As a result of these attacks, dozens of Palestinians have lost their lives and many others have been arrested.
With the latest killings in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces have shot and killed at least 140 Palestinians since the start of the year, including minors and women, according to reports.
Some 171 Palestinians, including more than 30 children, were killed by the Israeli forces in the West Bank last year. At least 9,000 others were injured as well.
The United Nations marked 2022 as the deadliest year for Palestinians in the West Bank in 16 years.
The regime has become more violent since Benjamin Netanyahu came back to power last year as the leader of a far-right coalition cabinet. The ongoing violence has prompted international calls for calm, with the European Union urging an immediate ceasefire.
Iran describes Israel as the root cause of the region’s instability and insecurity, but also stresses Israel's US-supported barbarity will not change the inevitable fate of the Tel Aviv regime.
Tehran says the history of the apartheid regime is full of assassinations, massacre, torture and killing of Palestinian kids, and described Tel Aviv regime's atrocities and massacre of Palestinian women and children as indicative of the destitute of Zionists. Iranian officials say the Tel Aviv regime has been struggling for more than 70 years to exit its identity crisis which has been mixed with genocide, plunder, forced displacement and scores of other inhumane moves.