The spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry denounced the massacre of Palestinian refugees and Lebanese civilians in Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in 1982 at the hands of Israeli-backed Phalange militia.
In a post on his X account on Saturday, Nasser Kan’ani marked the 41st anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre by the Zionist regime.
He said the Zionists and their mercenaries that ruthlessly massacred thousands of innocent and defenseless men, women, and children in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps have outperformed all criminals throughout history.
The killing has created an indelible stain on the Zionist regime, its sponsors, and the fake self-proclaimed advocates of human rights, specifically the US and the UK, that will never be removed, he said.
The Iranian spokesman described the massacre as only one example of the “performance of the organized terror machine of the criminal Israeli regime” against the Palestinian people.
“Such crimes have continued to be committed by the occupier Zionists for several decades with the support of the US and Europe,” Kan’ani added.
September 16 marks the anniversary of the three days of crimes that resulted in an atrocious and inconceivable slaughter of Palestinian refugees at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in southern Beirut at the hands of the Zionist regime and its accomplices, which wasn’t the false regime’s first or final crime, either.
It was one of the most harrowing massacres committed in the Lebanese civil war, a conflict known for its brutality.
Shatila, a Palestinian refugee camp, and the adjacent neighborhood of Sabra are located southwest of Lebanon’s capital city Beirut.
The refugees were victims of the 1948 Nakba, or “catastrophe” in Arabic, fleeing the violent ethnic cleansing of Palestine by Zionist militias as the Israeli regime was formed.
But between September 16 and 18, 1982, the refugees, now living in Shatila and Sabra, along with Lebanese civilians, were attacked by a right-wing Lebanese militia, in coordination with the Israeli army.
Between 2,000 and 3,500 people were killed.