Iran condemns Israel's Gaza strikes as "terrorism"

DUBAI Thu Nov 15, 2012 3:08am EST

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DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran condemned on Thursday as "organized terrorism" an offensive by Israel against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.

"Iran considers the criminal act of Israeli military forces in killing civilians as organized terrorism and strongly condemns it," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

The spokesman also criticized what he called "the silence of international organizations claiming to defend human rights," following the strikes.

Israel killed the military commander of Hamas on Wednesday in an air strike on Gaza and threatened an invasion of the enclave.

The Islamist group retaliated on Thursday by firing dozens of rockets into southern Israel, killing three people.

(Reporting by Zahra Hosseinian; Editing by John Stonestreet)

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matthewslyman wrote:
No mention here of the barrage of rockets & missiles from Gaza that STARTED this current spat?

No mention in the current version of this article, of the Israelis inherent right to defend themselves (as long as they use proportionate & directed force, unlike Hamas)?

SHAME on Reuters and their friends in the Iranian government…

Nov 15, 2012 3:49am EST  --  Report as abuse
Free_Pacific wrote:
This from the the country that sent Terrorists to SEA, Thailand through conduit Malaysia. Their aim to kill and maim as many Jews as possible, most likely along with innocent Thai’s. I don’t recall Thailand firing rockets at Iran, so why export your hate to us?

Nov 15, 2012 4:29am EST  --  Report as abuse
Shuayb wrote:
The details of an Israeli attack on Iran are revealed in Jonathan Bloomfield’s award-winning book, “Palestine.”

Nov 15, 2012 8:11am EST  --  Report as abuse
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