West, Arabs silence over Israel atrocities huge catastrophe: Iran envoy

West, Arabs silence over Israel atrocities huge catastrophe: Iran envoy

Fri Aug 1, 2014 5:43AM GMT

The Iranian ambassador to Italy has slammed the countries claiming to be human rights advocates for remaining tight-lipped in the face of the Israeli regime’s fatal assaults on the Gaza Strip.

Tel Aviv is committing “intolerable” and “unbelievable” crimes against Gazans while many Western and Arab states have either remained silent or refused to take appropriate actions against the regime’s atrocities, IRNA quoted Jahanbakhsh Mozafari as saying in an interview with Italian daily Libero on Thursday.

The Iranian ambassador to Rome further described Israel’s bloody offensive on Gaza as a “huge humanitarian catastrophe,” adding that the Islamic Republic regards Tel Aviv’s new act of aggression as a “criminal and inhumane move.”

Tehran has urged the international community, particularly the UN Security Council, to take immediate action to stop Israel’s massacre of Palestinians and end the regime’s crippling blockade of Gaza to facilitate the provision of relief aid to the inhabitants of the impoverished territory, Mozafari added.

Some 1,458 Palestinians, mostly women and children, have so far been killed and over 8,300 others injured since the Israeli military launched its offensive against the densely-populated Palestinian sliver on July 8.

The Israeli military has not even spared hospitals in its massive aerial and ground attacks on Gaza over the past 25 days and continues to pound the medical centers which are in desperate need of medicine and equipment.

On Thursday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navy Pillay condemned Israel’s deadly offensive in the Gaza Strip as “deliberate defiance” of international law.

Israel and the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas have agreed to an unconditional 72-hour ceasefire which took effect at 8:00 a.m. local time (0500 GMT) on Friday.

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