Iran calls for end to Israeli strikes, defends Hamas

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said members of the United Nations' Security Council have a "moral and legal responsibility" to curb Israel's attacks.

Iran calls for end to Israeli strikes, defends Hamas

World Bulletin / News Desk

Iran has called for an “immediate end” to Israeli military strikes on Gaza.

In a television interview to be broadcast on Sunday, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said “the United States and the rest of the members of the [UN] Security Council have a moral and legal responsibility to put an end to this.”

Asked to condemn Hamas rocket attacks on Israel, Zarif told the NBC program Meet the Press: “We do not condemn people who are defending themselves."

He added: “We believe that Israel aims to make Palestinians suffer from hunger by the initiatives endangering civilians in [the] Gaza Strip, restricting civilians’ access to food and medicine."

Meanwhile, Amnesty International has called on the UN to investigate the actions of both sides.

“More than 100 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip, more than 600 people have been wounded, many of them seriously,” Amnesty said in a statement. “In Israel, at least 20 people have been wounded by rocket attacks and property damaged since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge in the early morning of 8 July.”

The campaign group called for an arms embargo on Israel, Hamas and Palestinian armed groups.

Israel’s military operation is the third in Gaza within six years.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Temmuz 2014, 17:59