Iranian Foreign Ministry: US blockade of civilians strengthens terrorists

05.09.2017, Syria.

The US blockade against civilians is an illogical step in combating ISIL (an organization banned in Russia), Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi stated, IRNA News Agency reports on September 4. 

The Foreign Ministry Spokesman appreciated Hezbollah efforts in providing humanitarian assistance to the civilian population. Meanwhile, he criticized the actions undertaken by the United States. He said that “the US’ attempts to lay siege on a group of women and children is an illogical move as the country has closely cooperated with Daesh (ISIL, organization banned in Russia – Rossa Primavera News Agency note) terrorist group in the past and we believe that the move is to weaken the military triumph of the Lebanese government and Resistance in the fight against Daesh (ISIL, organization banned in Russia – Rossa Primavera News Agency note) terrorist group”.

According to Qasemi, such US actions could not diminish the terrorist threat, but, on the contrary, it would stoke more radicalization of the region.

The diplomat urged the United Nations to respond to the actions of Americans and to intervene in this issue as soon as possible.

Americans have repeatedly been condemned for using weapons against civilians during military operations. This was particularly evident in US operations in liberating Mosul, where artillery and carpet bombing were massively used, without considering the consequences to the civilian population. During the operations, the city was cut off from humanitarian aid, and humanitarian corridors were not provided to evacuate civilians. A similar situation has occurred in Raqqa, where Kurdish forces led by US experts are conducting an operation to liberate the city.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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