Iran warns of escalating tensions as Israeli bombardment of Gaza continues
Iran has issued a stark warning about the consequences of ongoing Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip, predicting an inevitable escalation in the conflict. Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian conveyed this message during a telephone call with his Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, as reported by Press TV.
The situation in Gaza has deteriorated significantly since October 7, with Israel conducting relentless bombings. The offensive has been met with resistance from Palestinian factions, who initiated Operation al-Aqsa Storm against the Israeli occupation. This was a response to the long-standing violence and destruction imposed on the Palestinian people.
Gaza's health ministry has reported a staggering number of casualties, with the death toll reaching 10,812, including 4,412 children, 2,918 women, and 676 elderly individuals. Moreover, more than 26,000 people have been injured, according to ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra during a press briefing in Gaza City.
The Iranian and Qatari foreign ministers have strongly condemned the Israeli regime's targeting of civilian populations in Gaza and expressed grave concern for the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the besieged coastal enclave. They discussed potential strategies for halting Israel's aggressive campaign, the immediate establishment of a ceasefire, and ensuring the uninterrupted delivery of humanitarian aid to the affected civilians.
During their conversation, the officials also reviewed various political initiatives to implement a temporary ceasefire in Gaza. The measures under consideration focus on effectively putting such a ceasefire into action and addressing the urgent needs of the population caught in the crossfire of this escalating conflict.