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17:36 | 2009-01-12

Foriegn Policy

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Iranian VP in Algeria to Discuss Gaza

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Vice President Hossein Dehqan met with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Sunday to coordinate efforts against the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Dehqan said he carried a letter from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Bouteflika denouncing the "unprecedented Zionist repression and state terrorism committed by the Israeli government" in Gaza.

At the meeting, the Iranian vice-president called on Algeria to encourage Arab states to hold emergency meetings on Israel's onslaught in Gaza.

Dehqan urged for an immediate end to Israel's carnage in Gaza and called for the opening of the city's crossings to provide aid to the victims.

It is not yet clear what combined measures the two countries might agree to during Dehqan's three-day visit.

Separately, Algeria's Red Crescent said it has sent 61 tons of medicine to the Gaza as well as 30,000 units of medical supplies such as syringes and blood plasma, and two doctors with ambulances.

The doctors were already inside Gaza, while supplies were waiting at an Egyptian border crossing, Red Crescent official Djemai Nebbache said.

He made his announcement Saturday at a gathering of some 50 Algerian associations summoned by the Foreign Ministry to coordinate Algeria's support for the Palestinians in Gaza and pressure Israel to stop its offensive, which Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci described as "a perfect example of a war crime and a crime against humanity."

Neighboring Morocco said it also airlifted some 63 tons of aid to Gaza. The official MAP news agency said most of the aid consisted of flour and cooking oil, as well as 15 tons of medicines.

At least 912 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched its onslaught on December 27 while a number of 4100 have been wounded.

Despite a UN Security Council resolution which calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities, the Israeli regime continued its savage attacks on Gaza Strip for the 17th consecutive day on Monday.