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Iranians hold demos to condemn Israeli aggression against Gaza
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_ep2(75).jpgTEHRAN – Iranian worshippers across the country held demonstrations after Friday prayers to condemn Israel’s recent major military operation against the Gaza Strip.  
 
The demonstrators chanted slogans against the Zionist regime and the United States and called on the international organizations to take an immediate action to stop Israel’s attacks. 
 
Iranian FM writes to intl. officials over attacks on Gaza 
 
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi sent separate letters to a number of international officials on Thursday calling on them to take the measures necessary to stop Israeli attacks against the Gaza Strip. 
 
Salehi sent the letters to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Organization of Islamic Cooperation Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem (Navi) Pillay, and Catherine Ashton, the high representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy. 
 
In his letters, the Iranian foreign minister also called for international efforts to lift the blockade on Gaza to prevent a humanitarian crisis. 
 
He stated that the rights of the Palestinian people will be restored when the Israeli occupation of Palestine ends. 
 
In addition, Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani on Friday held telephone conversations with a number of his counterparts in Muslim countries about the Israeli attacks against the Palestinian people. 
 
He told his counterparts that Muslim countries should adopt a stance against such attacks and make efforts to help prevent them. 
 
Larijani also held telephone conversations with Anders B. Johnsson, the secretary general of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, and Erol Kilic, the secretary general of the Islamic Inter-Parliamentary Union, over the issue on the same day. 
 
Israel’s killing of Palestinians is organized terrorism   
 
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast condemned the Israeli attacks on Thursday and said, “Unfortunately, amid the silence of the international organizations and institutions that are the self-proclaimed advocates of human rights, the killing of the oppressed and helpless people of Palestine has become a regular practice for the Zionist regime, and the inaction of these organizations and institutions in dealing with these crimes have further emboldened the Zionist regime.” 
 
“The Islamic Republic of Iran regards the criminal action of Israeli military men in killing civilians as organized terrorism and strongly condemns (it),” he stated. 
 
He also called on members of the Non-Aligned Movement to cut their ties with the Zionist regime.  
 
Iran assumed the rotating presidency of NAM for a three-year term on August 30.  
 
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