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Jan 24, 2008
Iran urges end to Zionists' occupation of Palestinian lands

Iran's Ambassador to the UN Mohammad Khazaei here Wednesday called for an end to the Zionists' occupation of the Palestinian territories.

In separate letters to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and rotating Chairman of the UN Security Council Giadalla Ettalhi, Khazaei called on the Zionist regime to relinquish its atrocious practices against the oppressed Palestinian nation.

"The Israeli regime's continued acts of violence and terror against the Palestinian people has deteriorated the already dire and grave humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip which the UN officials have already described as extremely fragile," the Iranian envoy reiterated.

He termed the latest crimes of the Israeli regime in the Gaza Strip as a blatant violation of international law, including humanitarian and human rights law.

The latest Zionists crimes have brought about anguish and grave concern for the whole international community, including the Iranian people and government, Khazaei said.

"The Israeli inhumane policies and practices have resulted in unspeakable sufferings for the people living in the Gaza Strip, and in brutal killing and wounding of hundreds of people, including children and women, during the past several weeks," he added.

As the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the occupied Palestinian territories has rightly stressed "those responsible for such cowardly action are guilty of serious war crimes and should be prosecuted and punished for their crimes," he noted.

"Due to the said inhumane policies and practices against the impoverished Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territories, particularly in the Gaza Strip, the situation there has been turned into a humanitarian catastrophe, unprecedented in recent history, where the civilian population continues to be collectively punished under an atrocious and crippling siege," Khazaei stressed.

(Source: "Iran urges end to Zionists' occupation of Palestinian lands", IRNA, 24 January 2008)

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