TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian strongly condemned Israel’s systematic violation of the Palestinians’ human rights, and further cautioned that the Zionist regime is committing act of genocide against Gazans.
Iran’s diplomat wrote a letter to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk, stressing that the Israeli regime is perpetrating “systematic violations” of the rights of the Palestinian people, and asking the UN official to help bring the Zionist regime to account for committing war crimes against people in the besieged Gaza Strip.
Amir Abdollahian stated the fact that Israel’s atrocities go unpunished has emboldened the regime to commit even more crimes against the Palestinian people.
Iran “expects you and other UN rights mechanisms to take action to immediately stop the Zionist regime’s strikes and hold its leaders responsible for [committing] crimes against humanity as well as war crimes”, he said in the letter, which was released on Wednesday.
The minister added the intensive Israeli bombardment shows its goal is the “mass killing” of the Palestinian people in Gaza.
Amir Abdollahian said Israel’s attempts to forcibly push Palestinians out of their homes and its plan to enter Gaza to perpetrate “ethnic cleansing” constitute major violations of international law.
“Remarks by Israeli regime’s officials as well as massive and systematic attacks by the Zionist regime’s forces into the Gaza Strip show this is a campaign of genocide against the Palestinian people,” he added.
UN experts have recently expressed their serious concerns over Israel tightening its siege on Gaza, depriving 2.3 million people of essential food, fuel, water, electricity and medicine.
“Considering statements made by Israeli political leaders and their allies, accompanied by military action in Gaza and escalation of arrests and killing in the West Bank, there is also a risk of genocide against the Palestine people,” the experts added.
Israel has launched an unprecedented bombardment of Gaza since October 7. More than 6,500 people, including more than 2,700 children and over 1,500 women, were killed in the raids.
Tel Aviv has ordered a “complete siege” of Gaza, saying it would halt its supply of electricity, food, water and fuel. Israel’s military has also ordered 1.1 million people living in Northern Gaza to evacuate their homes, amid signs it is set to ramp up its offensive.
The bombing, as well as enforced displacement orders by the Israeli army, has pushed 1.5 million people out of their homes.
The Gaza Health Ministry has also confirmed that the healthcare system in the besieged territory has “totally collapsed due to the Israeli war”.
Gaza is one of the most densely populated places on Earth, where some 2 million people live in an area of 140 square miles. It has been almost completely cut off from the rest of the world for nearly 17 years. More than half of its population lives in poverty and is food insecure, with nearly 80% of its population relying on humanitarian assistance.
Human rights groups have stressed that depriving an occupied population of basic necessities is a war crime. Palestinian health officials have warned Gaza is rapidly running out of water and electricity, and the population faces severe shortages of food and medicine. They say several hospitals in the besieged territory are under constant bombardment and facing imminent shutdown due to a lack of fuel.
Five UN agencies have also warned that the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is “catastrophic”, calling for more international help as conditions deteriorate in the densely populated besieged enclave.
“Gaza was a desperate humanitarian situation before the most recent hostilities,” the UN agencies said in a joint statement on Saturday, adding, “It is now catastrophic. The world must do more.”
“More than 1.6 million people in Gaza are in critical need of humanitarian aid,” added the statement, which was signed by the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN children’s agency (UNICEF), the World Food Program (WFP), the UN development agency (UNDP), and the world body’s population fund, UNFPA.
A report published on Wednesday by the United Nations trade body has suggested that Gaza needs billions of dollars in international economic aid to compensate for the years of restrictions that Israel has imposed on it.
In its report on the economic development of the occupied Palestinian territory for 2022, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development said that the restrictions have stifled Gaza’s economy and curbed its development.
The report also highlighted the dire economic conditions in Gaza prior to the start of the ongoing war.
Tehran says the history of the apartheid regime is full of assassinations, massacre, torture and killing of Palestinian kids, and described Tel Aviv regime’s atrocities and massacre of Palestinian women and children as indicative of the destitute of Zionists. Iranian officials say the Tel Aviv regime has been struggling for more than 70 years to exit its identity crisis which has been mixed with genocide, plunder, forced displacement and scores of other inhumane moves.