Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi criticized the UN’s ineffectiveness in stopping the Israeli offensive in Gaza during a speech in Tehran on Saturday, December 23. His comments came a day after the UN Security Council adopted a resolution calling for more aid to be delivered to the enclave, although it did not include a ceasefire.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi slammed on Saturday the “inefficacy” of international bodies to halt the deadly fighting between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas, which has ravaged the Gaza Strip.

Raisi’s remarks during a conference in Tehran in support of the Palestinians came a day after the United Nations Security Council approved a much-delayed resolution demanding aid be allowed into the besieged Hamas-run territory “at scale.”

The resolution also urged the creation of “conditions for a sustainable cessation of hostilities” without calling for an immediate end to the fighting that was triggered by Hamas attacks on southern Israel.

Iran has called the vote “positive but insufficient.”

The Palestinian militants killed about 1,140 people in Israel on October 7, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on Israeli figures.

Israel responded with a withering offensive that has killed more than 20,000 people in Gaza, mostly women and children, according to the territory’s health ministry.

“The inability and inefficacy of international organizations have become clear to everyone in the world,” Raisi told the Tehran conference.

“The Security Council officially announced its desperation and said that there is nothing we can do,” he said.

“International organizations have also announced that there is nothing we can do.”

Aid groups and international organizations have repeatedly warned of “catastrophic” conditions in Gaza, calling for a humanitarian ceasefire in the 11-week war.

Also on Saturday, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the conflict in Gaza has “exposed” the “false human rights claims” by the United States and other Western allies of Israel.

He reiterated calls on Muslim countries “to cut ties” with Israel.

The Islamic Republic, which supports Hamas financially and militarily, has hailed the October 7 attacks as a “success” but denied any direct involvement.

In recent weeks, Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi rebels have launched missiles and drones at cargo ships on a vital shipping lane in the Red Sea, claiming to act in solidarity with Gaza.

On Friday, the United States accused Iran of being “deeply involved” in the Houthi attacks.

There was no immediate comment from Iran on the latest US accusations.

Raisi has previously said Iran sees it as “its duty to support the resistance groups” but has insisted that the Houthis and other Tehran-backed movements “are independent in their opinion, decision, and action.”

Malo Pinatel, with AFP