SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 24 June 2021, Thursday |

Iran marks Nakba Day, calls for unity among Islamic nations to counter Israeli barbarity

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has called on Muslim and freedom-seeking governments and nations of the world to set aside their differences to unify in support of the Palestinian people’s rights against the occupying Israeli regime.

In a statement on Friday on the anniversary of the creation of the illegitimate regime of Israel, the Foreign Ministry condemned the Israeli regime’s relentless bombardment of the besieged Gaza Strip and noted that the anniversary of the Nakba Day comes while Palestinians are under a new round of the Israeli regime’s crimes.

It said 73 years ago, the Palestinian people were deprived of their ancestral land and home due to international conspiracies, and instead, a terrorist regime was created.

Some 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their lands in 1948 and were scattered across refugee camps in the occupied West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and Palestine’s neighboring countries. Over five million Palestinian refugees are currently estimated to be still displaced.

“Since then, the Zionists have turned occupied Palestine into a terrorist base against the Palestinian people and the Muslim nations of the region. Throughout these 7 decades, the United States and some world powers have fully supported this evil regime and turned a blind eye to the endless crimes of this terrorist regime,” the ministry said.

Under such support, the statement reiterated, the Zionists committed countless organized crimes and inhumane acts against the Palestinians and other peoples of the region.

Friday also marks the fifth day of attacks by the Israeli regime against the besieged Gaza Strip, which forced Palestinians to leave their houses in the morning.

Gaza’s Health Ministry said the death toll from the Israeli airstrikes has risen to 119, including 31 children and 19 women, with 600 others wounded.

Israel also stepped up the deployment of its forces and tanks near Gaza, despite international calls for an immediate halt of the assaults.

Since the beginning of this year’s holy month of Ramadan, there have been recurring acts of aggression by Israeli forces and settlers against Palestinians in different areas of the occupied territories, including near the Old City of Jerusalem al-Quds, in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of the occupied city, and at the site of al-Aqsa Mosque.