US siege on civilians aimed at undermining Lebanon victory: Iran

بهرام قاسمی

Tehran (ISNA) - Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman has blasted the US aerial siege on several buses carrying women and children, saying the move is aimed at undermining Lebanon’s victories over ISIS.

“The US siege on women and children is an illogical move given a history of cooperation between Washington and ISIS,” Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said in a statement.

“We believe this is an effort to negatively affect the victory of the Lebanese government and Resistance movement,” he said.

“The aerial siege against women and children in civilian buses and the killing of several pregnant women over the past two days could turn into a humanitarian disaster if continued,” Qassemi noted, warning that it could further fuel violence across the region.

He also welcomed and expressed support for humanitarian efforts made by the Lebanese resistance movement and Lebanon’s government to save innocent civilians, which turned Lebanon’s military triumph into an even bigger victory.

“Thanks to the resistance shown by the governments, armies, and resistance forces of Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon and by virtue of the cooperation and support of Iran and Russia, the ISIS terrorist group is on the verge of complete annihilation, and the campaign to fully eradicate terrorism in Syria and Iraq is going on with a vengeance,” the spokesman noted.

Therefore, Qassemi added, imposing a blockade on a number of women and children in a desert has no military value and will not diminish the power of ISIS; rather, it will stoke violence in the region.

“Fighting armed ISIS militants is different from killing ordinary and innocent people,” he added.

“Iran, as a country which is at the forefront of the campaign against terrorism, especially ISIS, is asking the UN to intervene and prevent the killing of innocent people,” Qassemi noted.

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