Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has issued a warning about the escalating crisis in Gaza, accusing the US of waging a “proxy war against Palestinians” and cautioning against the consequences if the bombardment of Gaza continues and Israel launches a ground assault. Speaking at a joint press conference with his South African counterpart Naledi Pandor in Tehran, Amir-Abdollahian criticized US President Joe Biden’s recent visit to Tel Aviv to show support for the Israeli government during the ongoing conflict.
Amir-Abdollahian expressed disappointment at Biden’s announcement of military support for Israel’s actions in Gaza, while only coordinating plans for a limited amount of humanitarian aid to enter the besieged enclave. He described the situation as a “powder keg” with potentially severe repercussions.
The Iranian Foreign Minister warned that if the US and Israel do not cease their “crimes against humanity” immediately, the region could spiral out of control with unforeseeable consequences. He urged both countries to halt their military actions and find a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin also expressed concern about the possibility of a significant escalation in the Gaza crisis. He emphasized the need to protect American forces stationed in the region and reiterated Washington’s support for Israel.
The current crisis began on October 7 when Israel launched airstrikes on Gaza in response to a surprise attack by Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups. The ongoing violence has resulted in numerous civilian casualties and widespread destruction in the enclave.
The international community has expressed growing alarm over the situation, with calls for an immediate ceasefire and the resumption of peace negotiations. Many countries have urged both Israel and Palestine to exercise restraint and prioritize the well-being of their civilian populations.
Efforts to broker a ceasefire have been ongoing, but progress has been slow due to the deep-rooted and complex nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The United Nations and other diplomatic channels continue to work towards a peaceful resolution, calling for an end to violence and long-term stability in the region.
As the situation in Gaza remains volatile, the potential for further escalation and the resulting human suffering cannot be underestimated. The international community must redouble its efforts to promote dialogue and diplomacy, with the aim of achieving a lasting and just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.