S. Leader appreciates President, his cabinet for appropriate stands on Gaza

Tehran, July 15, IRNA – The Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution here Monday in a meeting with IRI President and his cabinet ministers appreciated their adopting of appropriate stands about the sorrowful human catastrophe in Gaza.

'President Rouhani's stands and his government's moves were very appropriate and on time about the Gaza developments that are truly catastrophic as the Zionist regime, taking advantage of the negligence of the Islamic world is creating those crimes,' said Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamene'ie in a meeting with President Rouhani and his cabinet ministers.

His Eminence further stressed that the merciless massacre of the civilian Gaza residents by the usurper Zionists must make the Islamic governments and nation come to their senses and realize that it is high time for setting aside their internal disputes and unity against their shared enemies.

Ayatollah Khamene'ie meanwhile offered guidelines to the president and his cabinet members on various economic, political, industrial and agricultural fields.

President Rouhani had initially presented a report on his government's past eleven months' activities in various internal and foreign fields and appreciated both God's blessings, and the Supreme Leader's support for his government, expressing hope to be at better service of the nation during the remainder of his administration's tenure.

He also presented a brief report on his government and his own activities both on behalf of the country and as the rotating head of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in condemnation of the racist Zionists' insane Gaza attack, and especially his emphasis that the irrational siege of Gaza must be lifted immediately and unconditionally.

Death toll from the Israeli attacks targeting different parts of the besieged Gaza Strip since July 8 has reached to over 170, with another 1,230 Palestinians wounded.

As the death toll rose, the Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights said most of the victims were civilians, putting their number at more than 130, among them 35 children and 26 women.

It also said that Israel had destroyed 147 homes and badly damaged hundreds of others.