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14:09 | 2013-06-12

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Iran Urges UN's Action to Halt Israeli Aggressions against Palestinians

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian diplomat renewed Iran's support for the oppressed Palestinian nation, and called for an end to Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Iran's New Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland, Mohsen Naziri Asl made the remarks addressing a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday.

"The continued occupation of Palestinian territories by the Israeli regime is violation of the very basic rights of Palestinians," Naziri Asl said.

Naziri Asl called for the reversal of illegal sanctions on Gaza Strip where over 1.5 million Palestinians live.

The Iran envoy also urged the immediate release of Palestinians, especially women and children, held in Israeli jails.

Earlier this year, Iran's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mohammad Khazayee called on the UN to take serious action to halt Israeli aggressions against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Khazayee made the remarks in separate meetings with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and President of the UN Security Council Vitaly Churkin in March.

"I asked Mr. Ban and Mr. Churkin to act a practically and seriously aim at urging the Zionist regime to pay heed to its international commitments and to response to the UNSC demands," he said.

The Iranian envoy also discussed Gaza blockade, Israeli settlements in Gaza and the situation of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

Representatives of the Arab League and the Arab group at the United Nations and the Palestinian representative at the UN were also present in the meetings.