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Israel, Palestine clash at UN Security Council

UNSC was debating the deteriorating situation in the Middle East in the shadow of Monday's suicide attack in Tel Aviv.

india Updated: Apr 18, 2006 11:18 IST

Israel and Palestine traded charges at the UN Security Council as it debated the deteriorating situation in the Middle East in the shadow of the deadly suicide attack in Tel Aviv which left nine people dead and over 40 injured.

Israeli Ambassador Dan Gillerman termed Iran, Syria and Palestine as "axis of evil" and likened their actions to "declarations of war" but Palestinian envoy Riyad Mansour strongly criticized Tel Aviv for its attacks on Gaza, describing them as inhuman actions which violated international law.

Gillerman told the Security Council that Monday's "horrific act of terrorism as well as the ones that preceded it are the direct result of the new axis of terror" comprising Iran and Syria and the "terrorist organisations they have been harbouring, nurturing, financing and supporting, namely Hamas and Hezbollah."

Recent statements by the Palestinian government, Iran and Syria, including one by Hamas on Monday defending the suicide bombing, "are clear declarations of war, and I urge each and every one of you to listen carefully and take them at face value."

"A dark cloud is looking above the region and it is metastasising as a result of the statements of Iran, Syria and newly elected government of Palestinian authority," he said, referring to Hamas taking over power.

First Published: Apr 18, 2006 11:18 IST