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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Villains in Gaza crisis must stand trial

Sun, 25 Jan 2009 03:08:35 GMT | PressTV

Iran's permanent representative to the United Nations, Mohammad Khazaei
Iran's permanent representative to the United Nations says those who committed the recent despicable crimes in Gaza must be brought to justice.

In a speech in New York on Saturday, Mohammad Khazaei underlined that Israeli attacks against defenseless Gazans can be accurately described as 'war crimes' while UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, is required to respond properly to legitimate international demands calling for an extensive investigation into aspects of Israeli crimes and putting the perpetrators on trial.

Now that a mutual ceasefire is in effect, it is the time the United Nations as well as the international community to compel the Israeli regime to fully pull its troops out of war-battered Gaza, open up the besieged territory's border crossings and facilitate aid deliveries to the impoverished enclave, Khazaei said.

“Another necessary step to be taken by the UN Secretary General is a thorough investigation into Israel's use of phosphorus shells and other incendiary weapons,” Khazaei commented.

Given the Israeli raids on UN buildings and schools in the Gaza Strip, Khazaei stated that the action demonstrated Tel Aviv's insolence towards international law. The United Nations is duty bound to launch an inquiry into the case and take prompt measures.

The Iranian ambassador also called on the international community as well as the UN to help Gazans rebuild their lives.

Twenty-three days of intense Israeli military operation in Gaza left more than 1,300 Palestinians dead and some 5,450 others wounded, according to health officials in the embattled Gaza Strip.

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