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Saudi Crown Prince Condemns Israeli Aggression in Gaza at Arab-Islamic Summit

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has condemned Israel for the “crimes committed against Palestinian people,” and called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. The statements were made during his opening remarks at the Arab-Islamic Summit held on Saturday.

The Crown Prince expressed Saudi Arabia’s ‘unequivocal’ rejection of the continued Israeli aggression in Gaza and the forced displacement of residents. He highlighted the ‘double standards’ in applying international humanitarian law and condemned the international community’s silence towards the violations against Palestinian civilians.

“We are facing a humanitarian catastrophe that testifies to the failure of the UN Security Council and the international community to put an end to the Israeli violations – a matter that demonstrates double standards,” the Crown Prince said.

He reiterated calls for an immediate end to the military aggression in Gaza and the release of hostages to save lives. He also called for a coordinated, collective effort among Arab and Islamic states to take effective action to lift the siege and deliver humanitarian and relief aid into Gaza.

“The Kingdom has made tireless efforts since the beginning of the aggression in Gaza and has continued consultations to stop the war,” he added.

The Crown Prince stressed that the only solution to achieve stability in the region is to end the occupation and the establishment of settlements. “A Palestinian state must be established on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital,” he said.

The emergency summit was hosted by Saudi Arabia in response to the exceptional circumstances taking place in the Palestinian Gaza Strip. Leaders from Arab and Asian nations called for an immediate end to the war on Gaza.

The summit was attended by several Arab leaders including Palestine’s President Mahmoud Abbas, Egypt’s Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, and Iraq’s Abdul Latif Rashid. Asian leaders including Presidents of Indonesia Joko Widodo and Krygystan Sady Japarov also attended the summit.

Pakistan was represented by Interim Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar. The summit was convened to discuss the escalating military situation in Gaza.

During the summit, the Palestinian president said the Palestinians are facing an “unmatched genocidal war,” calling on the United States to pressure Israel into halting its offensive on Gaza. Abbas also called for international protection for the Palestinians in the face of Israeli attacks.

The summit concluded with a unified collective position, reiterating calls for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and rejecting the continued Israeli aggression.

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