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Russian, Turkish, Iranian presidents urge to end Israeli attacks on Gaza

Published : 17 Oct 2023, 03:07

  DF News Desk
People wait to collect bodies following Israeli attacks at a hospital in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah, on Oct. 16, 2023. Photo: Xinhua by Khaled Omar.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Monday highlighted the necessity of making immediate efforts to put an end to Israeli attacks against Gaza in separate phone calls with his Russian and Turkish counterparts, according to statements from the Iranian president's office, reported Xinhua.

Speaking to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Raisi blamed Israel's intensification and continuation of military operations in Gaza, which were "supported by Western states, especially the United States."

"The major disaster that is occurring in the region is an outcome of the policies of the U.S. and Israel's other Western supporters, which are doomed to failure," Raisi stressed.

For his part, Putin said the large-scale Israeli attacks against a densely-populated region, where more than 2 million defenseless people live, "are in no way justifiable and must be immediately stopped."

He warned that carrying out ground operations in Gaza would have very heavy human and military costs and consequences, stressing that the U.S. sought to proceed with its desired approach toward the resolution of the Palestinian issue alone, but it has ended in failure.

In another phone talk with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Raisi warned of the possible expansion of the conflict, calling on the Muslim world to "make efforts to end Israel's brutal attacks against Gaza and lift the siege on the enclave."

Erdogan, for his part, said measures such as the U.S. aircraft carrier's presence in the region and bombardment of airports in Syria's Aleppo and Damascus could expand the Israel-Hamas conflict to broader parts of the region.

He noted that Türkiye is trying to assist the people in Gaza, adding that the achievement of a cease-fire, ceasing attacks on Gaza, and lifting the city's siege are three important and fundamental priorities to control the escalation at this critical point.

The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) launched a surprise attack on Oct. 7, launching thousands of rockets and breaching land border with Israel, prompting extensive Israeli airstrikes on Gaza.

The ongoing conflict has caused heavy casualties in both Israel and Gaza.