Iranian volunteers register to fight Israeli violence in Gaza

Iran will send its first ship carrying aid to the Gaza Strip on Monday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi said.

Iranian volunteers register to fight Israeli violence in Gaza

A group of Iranian clerics is signing up volunteers to fight in the Gaza Strip in response to Israel's air strikes that have killed at least 300 Palestinians, a news agency reported on Monday.

"From Monday the Combatant Clergy Society has activated its website www.rohaniatmobarez.com for a week to register volunteers to fight against the Zionist regime (Israel) in either the military, financial or propaganda fields," the semi-official Fars news agency said.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a religious decree to Muslims around the world on Sunday, ordering them to defend Palestinians in Gaza against Israeli attacks "in any way possible".

A religious decree is an official statement by a high-ranking religious leader that commands Muslims to carry out its message. While there is no religious and legal force behind it, Khamenei is respected by many Iranian and non-Iranian Shi'ites.

Israel has tightened the closure further since a deadly raid by its forces on Nov.4. After the raid, roccket attacks by Gaza fighters was started.

Hamas urged Israel to end heavy blockade which called as "war against humanity" by United Nations. Israel retaliated to Hamas by firing missile, killing Palestinians before massive attack.

Following Israeli attacks and ignoring calls on lifting heavy blockade, Hamas declared the six-mounth ceasefire with Israel ended.

Fars said the group provided volunteers with a registration document called "Registration form for dispatching volunteers to Gaza". It said more than 1,100 people so far had registered for military service against Israel.

Khamenei said on Sunday that whoever was killed in the fight to defend Palestinians was "considered a martyr".

Iran will send its first ship carrying aid to the Gaza Strip on Monday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi said.

"Iran has dispatched its first plane load of aid, including medicine, to Gaza on Sunday. The second cargo is on the verge of being dispatched," Qashqavi told reporters on Monday.

Tens of thousands of Iranians protested on Monday to condemn Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, which began with bloody air strikes on Saturday.

Protesters burned Israeli and U.S. flags and demanded a stronger response from international organisations to stop Israel's raids, a Reuters witness said.

Reuters
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