BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Iraq's permanent envoy to the Arab League Qeis al-Azzawi, demanded on Friday to use oil as a weapon to pressure the US and other states to intervene to stop the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.
Speaking at a press conference in Cairo, al-Azzawi said that "Iraq would invite Arab states to use oil as a weapon to press for a halt to Israeli attacks on Gaza".
"Iraq will invite Arab ministers to use the weapon of oil, with the aim of asserting real pressure on the United States and whoever stands with Israel."
"The economic weapon is the strongest one to be put into effect now, to assure we are standing by the Palestinian people, in light of there being no military power that can stand in the face of Israel at the present time," he continued.
Fighting intensified after Israel killed the Hamas military commander, Ahmad al-Jaabari, in an air strike on his car.
Israel justified the operation by pointing to the continued missile attacks on its territories by Hamas fighters.