Iran ready to host emergency meeting over Gaza
( dpa ) - Iran on Monday announced its readiness to host an emergency meeting in Tehran over Israeli actions in the Gaza Strip.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said in his weekly press briefing that Iran would be ready to host an emergency meeting of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) or attend at the highest level wherever the meeting was held.
Condemning the Israeli policy towards Gaza, the spokesman criticized international bodies for immediately voicing their protest over other issues but remaining silent when it comes to Israel.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki have both called for an emergency meeting of the OIC to halt what they call "atrocities" in northern Gaza.
Israel has tightened the closure it has imposed on Gaza since mid- June, after the Islamic Hamas movement took control of the strip. Electricity to Gaza City and other Gaza Strip areas was cut after the supply from the main power station was halted by a fuel shortage imposed by Israel, officials said Sunday.