Speaker Calls for Muslims' Proper Move to End Israel's Crimes in Gaza

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, in separate phone contacts with his Muslim counterparts as well as international figures, discussed new Israeli onslaught against Palestinians, and urged Muslims to show proper reaction to Israeli crimes in the Gaza Strip.

Larijani held separate telephone talks with his counterparts from Lebanon, Algeria, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq and Tunisia on Friday and urged parliaments of the Islamic countries to take action to condemn the crimes. 

He also hold phone talks with Anders Johnsson, the Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), and described the Israeli attacks against the people of Gaza as "shameless and deplorable". 

He called for IPU's serious measure against the aggression. 

Larijani also called on the Islamic countries to take practical measures against the attacks in a telephone conversation with Secretary General of the Parliamentary Union of OIC member states Erol Kilic. 

On Friday, Israeli forces launched more attacks on the Gaza Strip despite earlier pledge to halt strikes during the visit to Gaza by Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil. 

Qandil arrived in Gaza this morning amid Israel's ongoing airstrikes on the besieged territory, in order to express Egypt's solidarity with the Palestinians. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had agreed to halt strikes during a visit. 

Meantime, the number of Palestinians killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza reached 19 in the third day of the conflict, six of them children.