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US Complicit in Israeli Massacre of Palestinians: Leader

TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei condemned the recent slaughter of Palestinians who protested the US move to relocate its embassy to al-Quds (Jerusalem) and said Washington and some of its Western allies are complicit.

Addressing a Quranic meeting on Thursday night, the Leader decried the Zionist regime’s killing and injuring of hundreds of Palestinians on Monday and said, “Some people complain why the US does not take a stance against it. The US and some western countries are complicit; do you expect them to oppose it?!”

Ayatollah Khamenei further deplored some Islamic countries’ silence on the killings, and said, “It is the Muslim states that should take a stance against it (the massacre of Palestinians).”

“Muslim states are the ones that should rise up but they do not; because they have distanced themselves from Quran and do not believe in Quran,” the Leader added.

“The calamity that has befallen on some Muslim societies is due to ignoring Quran.”

“By God’s grace, Palestine will be freed from the vicious enemies. Al-Quds is the capital of Palestine and the US and its stooges cannot do a damn thing against the truth and the divine tradition regarding Palestine,” Ayatollah Khamenei noted.

On Monday, tens of thousands of Palestinians rallied near Israel's border fence to protest a blockade of their territory and the move of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to al-Quds that day.

The Gaza Health Ministry said nearly 60 Palestinians were killed and more than 2,700 others injured, including 1,360 by live fire. Of the wounded, 130 are in serious or critical condition.

It was the deadliest day in Gaza since a 2014 cross-border war.

US President Donald Trump announced on December 6 that his administration would begin the process of moving the American embassy in Tel Aviv to Quds.

After months of global outcry, the US opened its embassy in Quds in a ceremony attended by a White House delegation and Israeli regime officials on Monday.