Iran: US Intensifying Israel's War on Gaza
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian underlined that the United States is intensifying the Israeli regime's war on Gaza, and called on independent states to help the Palestinians.
The Iranian foreign minister made the remarks in a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.
"The US claims it seeks to stop Israel's war, but it is adding to the intensity and scope of the US-Israel war in practice," the top Iranian diplomat said.
The Iranian foreign minister said the massacre of thousands of civilians, including women and children, and the killing of dozens of prisoners in Gaza were the result of Israel's "blind" bombings and the continuation of the regime's attacks.
Amir Abdollahian stressed the importance of preventing ethnic cleansing and the forced displacement of people in Gaza and the West Bank.
He called on Russia to play a more active role in improving peace and security in the region.
The Iranian foreign minister emphasized that the resistance front will undoubtedly determine the final outcome.
The Russian foreign minister, for his part, expressed regret over Israel's opposition to stop its atrocities in Gaza.
Lavrov urged the continuation of consultations to put an end to the war and release prisoners.
In early October, Hamas launched a multi-pronged surprise military operation via land, sea and air against Israel. The group announced it was in response to the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem and Israeli settlers’ growing violence against Palestinians. The attacks have so far killed more than 1,200 and injured over 5,500, according to Israeli officials. Hamas also announced it is holding between at least 200 and 250 hostages.
Following the multi-front attack by Hamas, Israel carried out heavy bombardment across the Gaza Strip, killing 13,000 Palestinians, including over 5,500 children and over 3,500 women, and wounding over 30,000 others, and levelling entire neighbourhoods. The bombing, as well as enforced displacement orders by the Israeli Army, has also pushed 1.6 million people out of their homes.
Tel Aviv has also imposed a "complete siege" on Gaza, cutting off food, electricity, fuel and water supplies. The move has plunged the blockaded territory into a humanitarian crisis.
The Gaza Health Ministry has confirmed that the healthcare system in the besieged territory has “totally collapsed due to the Israeli war”. Dozens of hospitals and tens of medical centers are out of service due to Israeli raids, according to the enclave's health ministry. The UN agencies have also warned that the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is "catastrophic", calling for more international help as conditions deteriorate in the densely populated besieged enclave.
Gaza is one of the most densely populated places on Earth, where some 2 million people live in an area of 140 square miles. It has been almost completely cut off from the rest of the world for nearly 17 years. More than half of its population lives in poverty and is food insecure, with nearly 80% of its population relying on humanitarian assistance.
Tehran says the history of Israel 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 Tel Aviv 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.