Iraq condemns Israeli escalation against Palestinian people in Gaza

A Palestinian man is seen through the rubble of an apartment block that was hit by an Israeli air strike, in the northern Gaza Strip May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Baghdad ( – Iraq slammed on Monday the recent Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people in the besieged Gaza Strip, urging “practical steps” to put an end to escalation by the occupation forces.

“Iraq condemns the recent aggression of the Zionist entity against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, which lasted for two days and resulted in the killing of a large number of Palestinians and the destruction of infrastructure,” SNG News quoted Spokesman for the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmed al-Sahhaf as saying in a press statement.

Al-Sahhaf called on “the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to hold extraordinary meetings to discuss the repercussions of the Israeli aggression and to reach political steps to end waves of Israeli escalation against our Palestinian people.”

He also reaffirmed that Iraq will continue to support the Palestinian people to attain their legitimate rights and end Israeli occupation.

The flare-up began Saturday with massive rocket fire from Gaza, drawing waves of Israeli retaliatory strikes, which continued throughout Sunday.

Palestinian officials confirmed that Egypt had mediated a ceasefire on Monday to end the latest round of fighting.


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