Hamas’ Al-Aqsa Storm result of years of oppression by Israel; killing civilians no sign of victory for Israel: Iran’s top general

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Iran’s highest-ranking military commander says Palestinians decided to stand up against Israel and uphold their rights instead of giving in to their gradual death at the hands of the occupying regime. 

Speaking on Monday, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri said that Israel’s bombing campaign on the blockaded Gaza Strip “has no military value” compared to the October 7 operation conducted by Palestinian resistance fighters against the occupying entity.

The Zionists “are the losers of the war even if they continue the bombing for one year. This is because attacks on hospitals and ambulances, as well as the aerial bombardment of homeless people and women and children, is not a sign of victory.”

Baqeri also said Hamas’ Operation Al-Aqsa Storm was the result of “the accumulation of cruelty and oppression” by the Zionists against Palestinians over many years.

“Through self-reliance, the Palestinian resistance managed to break the Zionist regime’s false images of invincibility by relying on its strength,” he added.

The top general said the resistance fighters have dug over 400 kilometers of tunnels in Gaza, where they boost their defense industries.

Baqeri further reiterated Iran’s fair proposal for the Palestine conflict, namely the holding of a referendum among all Palestinian people to decide their own fate.

Israel waged the bloody war on the Gaza Strip on October 7 after the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement launched the surprise Operation Al-Aqsa Storm against the occupying entity.

Since the start of the war, the Tel Aviv regime has been committing war crimes in Gaza, killing at least 8,069 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and injuring over 22,000 others.

It has also imposed a “complete siege” on the territory, cutting off fuel, electricity, food and water to the more than two million Palestinians living in the coastal sliver.

He also said attempts attributing Operation Al-Aqsa Storm to outside of Palestine are meant to cover up Israel’s defeat.

“An oppressed nation, with its own capability using weapons mainly produced by itself under the strictest controls, was able to carry out such a faultless and worthwhile operation which… shattered the Zionists’ power and glory,” Baqeri stressed.

Operation Al-Aqsa Storm, he went on, showed that the Palestinian land occupied by Israel is no place for settlers.

He also said that the regime cannot support unpopular governments in the region.

“This fake administration does not have the power to maintain itself upright, let alone be a supporter of other governments.”

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