Israel must face justice over war crimes in Gaza: NAM

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) says Israel must be brought to justice for its atrocities against Gazans during Tel Aviv’s recent military aggression against the besieged Palestinian land.

The comments were made by Iranian Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Hossein Dehqani, whose country holds the rotating presidency of NAM, during a UN Security Council open debate on Children and Armed Conflict on Monday.

Dehqani pointed to Israel’s brutal massacre of hundreds of children during the 50-day war on Gaza, calling on the international community to punish the perpetrators of such crimes.

The Iranian diplomat stated that NAM calls for the establishment of justice for the victims of the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip.

According to UN figures, the latest Israeli offensive on Gaza took the lives of more than 500 children and wounded some 3,000, while over 370,000 others who witnessed Tel Aviv’s brutalities are in desperate need of psychological care, Dehqani said.

The Iranian official emphasized that NAM urges all sides involved in armed conflicts to respect the immunity of civilians, schools, hospitals and rescue workers.

The Israeli military unleashed aerial attacks on Gaza in early July and later expanded its military campaign with a ground invasion into the Palestinian territory. Over 2,130 Palestinians lost their lives and some 11,000 were injured in the raids. Tel Aviv also says 68 Israeli soldiers have died in the war, but Palestinian resistance movement Hamas puts the number at more than 150.

The Tel Aviv regime did not even spare hospitals and UN-run schools sheltering thousands of Palestinians during its aerial and ground attacks against the densely-inhabited sliver.


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