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Iran Blames U.S. For Supporting Israel Against Gaza

A top Iranian military official has warned the United States against its extensive support for Israel in the attacks against Gaza, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported on Friday.

Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Mohammad Baqeri gave the warning in a phone call with Turkish Defense Minister Yasar Guler on Thursday, in which the two sides discussed recent regional developments, particularly the situation in Gaza.

Baqeri said Washington’s extensive support for Israel, including supplying heavy arms and ammunition, “is tantamount to the U.S. government’s participation in Israel’s attacks against the Gazan people and will further complicate the situation in the coastal enclave.”

He urged to take serious measures to stop Israel’s brutal attacks against civilians in Gaza and send humanitarian aid, including food and medicine, to the strip.

Baqeri called on the Turkish government to use all its tools to prevent “Israeli crimes” and support the people of Gaza.

Guler, for his part, elaborated on his government’s efforts to reduce the tensions in Gaza and stop the ongoing conflict, emphasizing that Türkiye will continue such endeavors.

The latest round of conflicts between Israel and the Gaza-ruling Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) began on Oct. 7, when Hamas launched a surprise attack on southern Israel close to the border with Gaza. Israel retaliated with airstrikes on Gaza and a blockade that cut off water, electricity, fuel, and other supplies to Gaza.

The ongoing Israel-Gaza conflict, as it entered the 14th day, has killed more than 5,000 people on both sides.