Iran says members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) should impose an oil embargo and other sanctions on Israel and expel all Israeli ambassadors.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks Wednesday on the sidelines of the OIC’s urgent open-ended extraordinary meeting to discuss the escalating Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The meeting is taking place in the Saudi city of Jeddah to after a blast at a Gaza hospital late on Tuesday killed large numbers of Palestinians.

“The foreign minister calls for an immediate and complete embargo on Israel by Islamic countries, including oil sanctions, in addition to expelling Israeli ambassadors if relations with the Zionist regime have been established,” Amir-Abdollahian said.

Amirabdollahian also called for the formation of a team of Islamic lawyers to document potential war crimes committed by Israel in Gaza.

Prior to the blast at the Gaza hospital on Tuesday, health authorities in Gaza said at least 3,000 people had died during Israel’s 11-day bombardment that began after a Hamas October 7 rampage on southern Israeli communities in which 1,300 people were killed and around 200 were taken into Gaza as hostages.

Iran’s ruler Ali Khamenei downplayed the killing of Israeli civilians in a speech on Tuesday, saying they were armed, and that Israel has killed many more Palestinians.

The Islamic Republic, led by the 83-year-old authoritarian ruler, has been financially and militarily supporting Hamas, the Lebanese Hezbollah and other militant organization designated as terrorist groups by several Western countries. The government ordered street celebration and vowed to continue support for Hamas.

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