Rouhani warns of ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ in Gaza

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Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has warned about the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip amid Israel’s strikes against the blockaded coastal sliver.

“The continuation of the cruel siege of Gaza and the dire lack of medical supplies [in the area] are worrying and could lead to a major humanitarian catastrophe,” the Iranian president said in a message to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Thursday.

He called on Muslim nations and the international community to take action and put an immediate end to the all-out Israeli offensive against the besieged Gaza Strip.

“Helping the oppressed Palestinian people and preventing the aggressive acts of the Zionist regime are the shared responsibility of all international institutions and the world’s freedom-seeking countries,” Rouhani added.

The Iranian president also called for an immediate lifting of Israel’s siege on the populated coastal enclave.

The OIC has said it is forming a ministerial team to lobby the United Nations Security Council to halt the Israeli aggression against Gazans.

The world’s largest Muslim bloc has also said that it will push for a UN investigation into Israeli atrocities against Palestinians.

Israel has been pounding the blockaded enclave for three consecutive days, killing at least 97 people and injuring more than 600.

On Wednesday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry slammed the Israeli regime’s “brutal” aggression against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, urging a swift international action to stop the raids.

Meanwhile, Tel Aviv is reportedly taking steps toward a ground incursion into the coastal sliver.

Palestinian resistance movements in the besieged Gaza Strip have responded to Israel’s aggression by targeting towns and cities deep inside the occupied Palestinian territories. The Israeli military said on Tuesday that 130 rockets had been fired from Gaza, with 70 hitting different sites.

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