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14:36 | 2009-11-05

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Khazaei: Zionist Regime Commits Crimes against Humanity

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaei said that the report by the fact-finding mission of the UN underlined that the Zionist regime has committed crime against humanity.

Addressing the UN General Assembly Wednesday, he added that Goldstone's report has endorsed serious negation of human rights and conspicuous violation of international norms by the Zionist regime in Qaza.

Elsewhere in his remarks, he was quoted by the Islamic republic news agency as saying that Zionist regime's attack on the Qaza Strip has left more than 1,400 dead and over 5,000 wounded. Of the dead, more than 300 were children and 115 women.

Khazaei further noted that the Zionist regime has attacked residential areas on purpose, violating the basic fundamentals of human rights.

Based on the fact-finding mission's report, the Israelis targeted a mosque at prayer time, killing 15 prayers. Israeli fighters targeted non-military areas and killed families, he said, noting that the extensive use of phosphorous and cluster bombs by the Zionist regime is known for all.

A United Nations inquiry, led by former South African Judge Richard Goldstone, detailed what investigators called Israeli actions "amounting to war crimes, possibly crimes against humanity," during Israel's winter offensive against the Hamas-ruled Gaza.

The 575-page report by Goldstone and three other investigators asserts seven incidents in which Palestinian civilians were shot while leaving their homes, trying to run for safety or waving white flags. The report says Israel shelled a Gaza City house where soldiers had forced Palestinian civilians to assemble in. These attacks constituted war crimes, the report said.