Israel’s attacks on Gaza need serious UN reaction, Iran’s deputy FM says

Photo: Israel’s attacks on Gaza need serious UN reaction, Iran’s deputy FM says / Iran

A senior Iranian official has condemned Israeli attacks on the UN sites in the blockaded Gaza Strip, saying the world body must give a "more serious response to the assaults."

In a meeting with UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos in Tehran, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian highlighted the dire humanitarian crisis affecting Gazans, Iran's Press TV reported Aug. 19.

Amir-Abdollahian slammed Israeli attacks on the UN-run schools sheltering thousands of Palestinians during the war, urging the United Nations to show a more serious reaction.

He also reaffirmed Iran's readiness to dispatch humanitarian aid to Gaza and called on the UN to help facilitate the delivery of the Islamic Republic's relief supplies to the Palestinians in the coastal enclave.

About 2,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have lost their lives in the Israeli attacks on Gaza so far and nearly 10,000 others have suffered injuries.

Palestinians and Israelis have been holding indirect talks in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, over a lasting ceasefire deal for the past several days.

Elsewhere in his comments, the Iranian official pointed to the ongoing crisis in Syria and Iraq and hailed a resolution recently adopted by the UN Security Council against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants operating in the two neighboring Arab states.

Amos, in turn, thanked the Islamic Republic for its humanitarian efforts in Syria and said the United Nations will seek the help of "effective countries" to facilitate relief operations in the conflict zones of Syria.

She also highlighted the humanitarian measures adopted by the UN in Gaza and said the international body has been in contact with Egypt to help remove the existing obstacles in the way of aid delivery to Gazans.

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