Gaza will become Israel's graveyard, the speaker of Iran's parliament was quoted as saying on Sunday after the Jewish state launched a ground offensive deep into the coastal Palestinian territory.
Israeli tanks and infantry battled Hamas fighters in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, hours after launching a ground offensive after eight days of deadly air strikes killing hundreds of people.
"The Zionists faced the powerful resistance of the zealous Palestinians ... the Zionists should know that Gaza will become their graveyard," Mehr News Agency quoted speaker Ali Larijani as telling parliament.
Larijani said on Tuesday that what is going in Gaza is a blatant example of genocide.
"What is happening in Gaza now is plain genocide. Though the Qods occupying regime committed similar crimes against the Palestinian and Lebanese Muslim nations in the past, its latest actions are unprecedented," Larijani said.
MPs shouted "down with Israel, down with the Zionists," Mehr reported. Larijani's comments were the first reaction by a senior Iranian figure to Israel's offensive into Gaza.
Israel's attacks on Gaza have sparked repeated protests in Tehran and elsewhere in Iran, mainly by students. Iranian officials have condemned what they say is international silence and bias towards Israel.
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