Jul 16, 2014, 12:42 AM
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Iranians stage rallies in support of defenseless Palestinians

Tehran, July 16, IRNA -- Large numbers of Iranian people, NGOs and organizations rallied in front of the UN office in Tehran on Tuesday to protest at the Zionist regime's crimes against the Palestinians and the bombardment of residential areas and health centers in Gaza.

The demonstrators chanted slogans in support of the oppressed Palestinian people in Gaza, including, 'Killing women and children is not legitimate defense', 'The US and Europe are supporters of the Zionists', 'The US weapon is the killer of children', 'Death to the US' and 'Death to Israel'.

They also issued a statement in their gathering to condemn the Zionist regime's attacks on Gaza people.

The statement called on the international organizations to break their silence and don’t allow the Zionists to continue their crimes which, they said, have endangered peace and security in the world.

'This war showed once again that trusting the Zionists is unwise and the insistence and efforts made by those who seek reconciliation to reach an agreement with the Zionist regime is in vain as Zionists have always been dreaming of annihilating the identity of Palestine and the Palestinians,' it added.

Also, Iranian students in the holy city of Mashhad in Northeastern Iran held rallies in front of the UN office in the city on Tuesday afternoon to protest at the Zionist regime's brutal aggression against the Palestinian territories.

Yesterday, four Iranian student unions in a gathering in front of the UN office in Tehran asked the world body to break its silence on the crimes committed by the Zionist regime against the Gazans and prevent the genocide of the Palestinian people by Israel.

'We as students unions have held this gathering to protest at the UN silence as our first step to support the oppressed Palestinian people,' said Nasser Arasteh, one of the union leaders, addressing the gathering on Monday.

Also, Alireza Karimi, another union leader, blasted the silence of the world states on the Zionists' crimes against the Palestinians, and asked, 'Why have those countries which claim to be supporters of human rights now avoided defending the people who are facing the Zionist regime's savage attacks?'

In relevant remarks, Saeed Asqarian, the secretary-general of the students' Islamic community, underlined the necessity for the whole international community, specially the Muslims, to take a serious position against the Israeli inhumane attacks on the Gaza Strip.

Israel has been pounding the blockaded Gaza for 8 consecutive days, killing at least 190 people and injuring more than 1,280 others.

According to the UN, 77% of the victims in Gaza are civilian and defenseless people.