Gaza Would Be ‘Graveyard’ for Israel, Iran’s FM Says

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. (Photo: Iranian Foreign Ministry TW Page)

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has warned that if diplomatic efforts to stop Israeli airstrikes and prevent a ground offensive on Gaza are unsuccessful, there is a risk of uncontrollable escalation, with multiple regional players joining the conflict.

“If the measures aimed at immediately stopping the Israeli attacks that are killing children in the Gaza Strip end in a deadlock, it is highly probable that many other fronts will be opened,” Hossein Amir-Abdollahian told Al Jazeera on Sunday.

“If the Zionist entity (Israel) decides to enter Gaza, the resistance leaders will turn it into a graveyard of the occupation soldiers,” he added.

On his diplomatic tour of the region, the Iranian minister met with  Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas political leader, in Qatar, where he rallied other Islamic countries to support Palestine, and assured that Iran will continue its efforts to stop the “war crimes committed by the Zionists.” 

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will never back down on its principles and values in support of the Palestinian nation,” he stressed.

In an effort to resolve the Gaza crisis, Amir-Abdollahian also discussed “the sensitive situation in the region” with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. He asked China to use its voice in the United Nations Security Council to stop the deaths and suffering of Gaza residents, emphasizing the need for a humanitarian corridor. 

Israeli occupation forces have carried out an intense bombardment of the Gaza Strip for ten consecutive days, targeting civilians on a large scale, bringing the death toll to about 2,700 Palestinians and the wounded to over 9,000.

(RT, PC)

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