'Iran urges UN to condemn Israeli strikes in Gaza'

Tehran calls on UN to "adhere to responsibilities to Palestinian nation," Press TV quotes Iranian FM spokesman as saying.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
September 7, 2012 13:38
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Smoke rises in Gaza after IAF air strike 370 (R). (photo credit: Amir Cohen/Reuters)

 
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Iran on Friday called on the United Nations to condemn Israel's "criminal and aggressive acts" against the Gaza Strip, the Islamic Republic's Press TV website reported.

"As the rotating president of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the Islamic Republic of Iran expects all international institutions affiliated to the United Nations to adhere to their responsibilities towards the Palestinian nation,” Press TV quoted Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast as saying.

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Mehmanparast's comments came following the death of six Palestinians by two IDF strikes on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

On Wednesday night, IAF aircraft targeted a terrorist squad in the central Gaza Strip during final preparations to fire rockets at Israel, the IDF Spokesman’s Office said.

The cell had been involved in rocket fire on southern Israel in the past, the IDF added.

“We identified an accurate strike,” the IDF Spokesman’s Office said.

Palestinian sources said three men were killed in the air strike, and one wounded. They also said that the cell had been hit near the border. The wounded were rushed to a local hospital via ambulances.

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The air strikes came after several rockets were fired at Israel over the past week, one of which struck and damaged a home in Sderot last week.

On Thursday morning, the IDF attacked a terrorist cell attempting to place a bomb on the Gaza border. Infantrymen from the Givati Brigade along with tanks and aircraft successfully struck the cell.

Palestinian sources said that three people were killed by IDF fire in the incident.

The IDF Spokesman’s Office stated that “the IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli civilians, and will operate against anyone who uses terror against the State of Israel. The Hamas terror organization is solely responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip.”

Yaakov Lappin and
JTA contributed to this report.

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