Iran’s Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has called on Muslim countries to play an active role in helping end the killing of innocent Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by the Israeli regime. In a telephone conversation with his Omani counterpart Sheikh Khalid bin Hilal al-Mawali on Sunday, Larijani called for further consultations among Muslim countries to stop Israel’s massacre of Palestinian people in the besieged coastal sliver. “Given the escalation and continuation of the Zionist regime [of Israel]’s anti-human and brutal attacks on the defenseless people of Palestine, Islamic countries should hold close consultations to stop the strikes,” Larijani said. The Omani speaker, for his part, expressed regret over the Israeli onslaught against Gaza, saying every Muslim shoulders a responsibility to help the Palestinians. Al-Mawali praised the Islamic Republic’s support for the Palestinian people and Tehran’s initiative to hold a meeting of the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (PUIC) Member States’ Presidential Troika in that respect. The meeting of the PUIC Presidential Troika is set to be held in Tehran on Tuesday. On July 14, Larijani held phone calls with his Malian and Sudanese counterparts Issaka Sidibé and Fatih Ezzedine al-Mansur as the previous and future chairmen of the PUIC Conference and called for emergency meeting of the PUIC Troika over deadly Israeli air raids on the blockaded Gaza Strip. The bloodshed is continuing in Gaza for the 14th straight day as there is no let-up to the Israeli onslaught on the blockaded enclave. Medics say the overall Palestinian death toll has now soared to at least 505. Israeli warplanes and soldiers backed by tanks have intensified aerial and ground operations against the coastal sliver. More than 3,000 Palestinians have also been wounded since July 8. The Israeli military said on Sunday that 13 Israeli troops were killed in Gaza on the third day of its ground operation, bringing to 18 the number of soldiers killed since Thursday.