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‘Disaster of the century’: Iran urges intl. community to stop Israeli genocide, starvation in Gaza

Rania Abu Anza cradles her twins, who were killed in an Israel strike on a house in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on March 3, 2024. Abu Anza and her husband, who was killed in the same strike, spent 10 years trying to get pregnant. (By AP)

The Iranian foreign minister says the continuation of the Israeli regime’s genocidal war against Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip in the holy fasting month of Ramadan sounds the alarm about the “most unprecedented disaster of the century.”

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in a letter addressed to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the head of the UN Security Council, the secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as well as the foreign ministers of Islamic countries and other states across the world.

Pointing to the months-long Israeli war on Gaza, the top Iranian diplomat censured the United Nations Security Council’s inability to stop the brutal aggression on the Palestinian territories and called for “serious measures” to help people in Gaza and the occupied West Bank.

Abdollahian denounced the continued inability of the UNSC to stop the war against the Gaza Strip and the West Bank due to the US's prevention of the council's effective actions through excessive resort to the "right of veto."

He asserted that, “With the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, it is absolutely necessary for the international community to find practical ways and take serious measures to support the Palestinian people, immediately stop the military attacks against the Gaza Strip and find a way out of the current dire situation.”

The Iranian foreign minister also underlined that the Israel regime “deliberately” pursues the policy of the complete destruction of Gaza by imposing a total siege on the Palestinian territory.

Israel began the genocidal war on October 7, 2023, after Hamas-led Palestinian resistance groups carried out Operation al-Aqsa Storm against the usurping entity in retaliation for its intensified atrocities against the Palestinian people.

Since then, the regime has at least 31,184 Palestinians and injured some 72,889 others.

The regime has also imposed a “complete siege” on the territory, cutting off fuel, electricity, food and water to the Palestinians living there.

“The persistence of genocide in the Gaza Strip and Rafah and war crimes in the West Bank, in addition to the Israeli regime's prevention of the delivery of aid and food to the Gaza Strip and the regime's use of starving the residents of Gaza with the aim of prolonging the genocide and the massacre of women and children, has sounded the alarm of the most unprecedented human disaster of the century,” he added.

“It is now evident that one of the dangerous goals pursued by the Israeli regime with respect to Gaza siege and blocking of immediate humanitarian aid is to create conditions for a social and civil collapse, destroy all signs of Palestinian life and identity, and forcibly relocate the residents of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank to neighboring countries,” Amir-Abdollahian said.

“This approach proves that this criminal regime deliberately pursues the policy of complete destruction of the Palestinian nation and identity.”

Amir-Abdollahian expressed the Islamic Republic’s strong condemnation of Israeli crimes in Gaza and the West Bank, stressing that the international community and world bodies, particularly the United Nations, shoulder an immediate responsibility to prevent such a disaster by the occupying regime.

“On the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, I warned about the blatant genocide of a nation, reiterating the need to take effective measures in order to prevent the occupying regime of Israel from any further possible aggression in al-Quds and against Palestinian worshipers during the sacred month,” Amir-Abdollahian concluded.

The holy fasting month of Ramadan started in the Gaza Strip on Monday. The territory, with a population of approximately 2.4 million, has been under the occupying regime’s incessant bombardment for more than five months.

Israel had rejected multiple calls from the international community, organizations and rights groups for a humanitarian truce to take effect before the holy Muslim month.

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