Iran urges U.S., Europe to stop backing Israel to end Gaza bloodshed

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Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanaani on Friday urged the United States and certain European countries to “fully and practically” stop their support for Israel in order to put an end to the “reckless and brutal” violence against Palestinians.

He made the remarks in a post on social media platform X, while responding to European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell’s comments on Thursday.

In a post released on X Thursday, Borrell expressed concern over reports of violence and suffering endured by civilians in Gaza and called for an independent investigation into a deadly Israeli attack on a school of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) earlier in the day.

In his post, Borrell emphasized that an enduring ceasefire was the only way forward to protect civilians in Gaza and get to the immediate release of all captives, calling on both parties, Hamas and Israel, to agree on the U.S. three-phase plan.

Kanaani said mere words were not enough to end the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza, adding the only way to end “this painful tragedy as well as the reckless and brutal violence” against Palestinians was the complete and practical cessation of support by the United States and Europe for Israel.

Israel has launched a large-scale offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip since Oct. 7, 2023, after Hamas carried out a surprise attack on southern Israel that killed about 1,200 people. Israel has so far killed 36,731 Palestinians and injured more than 83,530 others in the enclave, according to the figures released by the health authorities in Gaza on Friday.

Source: Xinhua

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