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Saudi Arabia condemns Israel's 'flagrant violations' of Palestinian rights

May 16, 2021 at 11:41 am

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud in Berlin, Germany on 21 February 2020 [Abdulhamid Hoşbaş/Anadolu Agency]

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Sunday condemned Israel’s “flagrant violations” of Palestinian rights and called on the international community to act urgently to put an end to military operations, reports Reuters.

Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud was speaking in televised remarks at the start of an emergency virtual meeting of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as hostilities between Israel and militants in Gaza entered their seventh day.

The Saudi foreign minister condemned what he called the violation of the sanctity of Islamic holy sites and “forcible” eviction of Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem.

He called on the international community to carry out its responsibility toward ending this “dangerous escalation”, to act urgently to halt military operations, and to revive peace negotiations based on a two-state solution.

Pre-dawn Israeli strikes in the centre of Gaza City on Sunday brought the death toll in Gaza to 181, including 53 children, health officials said. Israel has reported 10 dead, including two children.

Islamist militant group Hamas began its rocket assault on Monday after weeks of tensions over a court case to evict several Palestinian families in East Jerusalem, and in retaliation for Israeli police clashes with Palestinians near the city’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest site, during the holy month of Ramadan.

Israel has retaliated with air and artillery strikes into densely populated Gaza.

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