Iran President Hassan Rouhani

Iran said on Tuesday that Israeli officials should be tried as war criminals over the “brutal massacre” of Gazan protesters on Monday.

“The killing of children, women and defenceless people of Palestine and the occupation of Palestinian lands has become the main strategy of the Zionists over the 70 years of occupation,” said foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi on the ministry’s website.

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He called on the international community to take “immediate action” and try Israeli leaders as “war criminals in international courts”.

At least 59 Palestinians were killed and thousands injured by Israeli forces on Monday as they protested along the Gaza border against the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem.

“The constant and continued crimes of the Zionists in Palestine is the result of the unsparing support of the US,” Ghasemi said.

He accused countries in the region of a “treacherous compromise and undignified passivity” for failing to strongly condemn Israeli actions.