Iran criticises world for not doing enough on Gaza

January 2nd, 2009 - 10:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Tehran, Jan 2 (Xinhua) Iran Friday criticised the international community for not doing enough to end the Isreali air raids on the Gaza Strip that have claimed more than 400 lives, including those of women and children.Iran’s influential cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said serious diplomatic efforts, especially from Islamic countries, are required to end the hostlities that have entered their seventh day, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

“There is no shortage of soldiers there in Gaza today but the Muslim Ummah (community) must provide political, weaponry and propagandistic support for Gazans,” Rafsanjani said whiel addressing a Friday prayer here.

The cleric called the Israeli attacks a big mistake and threatened that the consequences of the aggression will be severe for Israelis.

“The mistake of Israel in Gaza will be a big mistake. Israel in Gaza is desperately struggling today, since 900 of the residents of the occupied territories are at the reach of Hamas’ shellings.”

“The range of Hamas missiles are day-by-day increasing” and they can target even farther lands, he said, warning against the possible ground strike by Israeli forces.

He claimed that the Palestinians have “kinds of weapons that can haunt the Israeli tanks from far distance and it would be very different today if they (Israelis) enter Gaza.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has also slammed the international community for not doing enough in the face of Israeli attacks on Gaza and called for an immediate ceasefire.

“We are calling for an immediate ceasefire, a halt to the attacks and aid for the population of Gaza as well as an end to the (Israeli) blockade of the Palestinian territory and the opening up of all the borders, particularly the ports,” Mottaki said during a Friday prayer in Tehran.

Iran is a staunch supporter of the Islamist Hamas movement, which controls Gaza, and doesn’t recognise the existance of Israel.

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