New Delhi: As Israeli airstrikes continue to pound Gaza since Hamas militants unleashed an attack on Israel on October 7, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said “the defeat of the Zionist regime (Israel) in Gaza is a fact”, news agency AFP reported.
Khamenei further said “despite the massive bombings Israel has so far failed” to achieve its “target” of destroying Hamas.
“Advancing and entering hospitals or people’s homes is not a victory, because victory means defeating the other side. This incapacity reflects the inability of the United States and Western countries,” AFP quoted Khamenei as saying.
Khamenei made the statement during his visit to an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps aerospace force centre in Tehran, according to AFP.
Tehran’s supreme leader further said that “Israel killed thousands of children without any remorse because Zionists consider themselves to be a superior race,” AFP reported.
Khamenei also urged the other Muslim nations that have formal relations with Israel to “cut off” their ties and halt trade. “Some Islamic governments have not yet condemned Israel’s actions in Gaza, but this is not acceptable,” AFP quoted Khamenei as saying.
It is to be noted that Iran, which gives military and financial support to Hamas has hailed the October 7 attacks on Israel a “success”. However, it has denied any involvement in it.
Meanwhile, Hamas said the Israeli attacks, both airstrikes and ground invasion, has so far killed 12,300 people, including 5,000 children, in Gaza so far.
Amid Israel’s ongoing military offensive, north Gaza’s biggest hospital, Al-Shifa, was evacuated, barring 120 of the most vulnerable patients and five doctors.
As Israeli strike continued to pound the area, basic medical resources for the patients were available, according to reports.