‘Israel, ISIL launch coordinated campaign against humanity’

Iranian minister says silence of Muslim countries emboldening Israel

TEHRAN – Iran’s Defence Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan has censured Muslim countries for remaining tight-lipped in the face of Israeli atrocities against Palestinians as Tel Aviv steps up fatal air raids on the besieged Gaza strip.

The minister pointed to Israel’s escalating airstrikes targeting the Gaza Strip, saying the Tel Aviv regime was cashing in on the chaotic situation in the Middle East to commit crimes against Palestinians. The silence of Muslim countries on Israel’s aggression, occupation and massacre of Palestinians would embolden the Zionist regime to intensify such acts of violence, he said.

The Iranian defence chief said that it was surprising how the countries that claim to be human rights advocates support the Israeli regime’s inhumane crimes. The Israeli regime along with the ISIL Takfiri group have launched a coordinated campaign against Palestinians, Syrians and Iraqis and seek to push the Middle East towards a deep crisis by waging war and committing massacres, he said.

However, Dehqan said that the Palestinian nation’s resistance would eventually lead to the humiliating defeat to Israel. A total of 173 Palestinians have so far been killed and at least over 1200 others injured since the Israeli military began a fresh wave of aerial assaults on the Gaza Strip last Tuesday.

Over the past days, people in Iran, Turkey, the US, Jordan, Tunisia, France, Indonesia, Britain, Australia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan have staged numerous protest rallies to condemn Israeli crimes, calling for an immediate end to the deadly airstrikes.

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