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Saudi Arabia to host Arab, OIC summits to discuss Gaza conflict

November 7, 2023 at 8:50 pm

Civil defense teams and local people carry a person who was rescued alive under the rubble of the destroyed building belonging to Al Astal family as Israeli attacks continue on the 32nd day, in Khan Yunis, Gaza on November 07, 2023 [Mustafa Hassona – Anadolu Agency]

Saudi Arabia said, Tuesday, it will host two summits for Arab and Islamic leaders to discuss the conflict in the Gaza Strip, Anadolu Agency reports.

A statement by the Saudi Foreign Ministry said an Arab summit will be held in Riyadh on Saturday and another for the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states on Sunday to discuss the Gaza conflict and its humanitarian repercussions.

On Monday, the OIC said an emergency summit will be held in Riyadh on 12 November to discuss the Israeli assault in the Gaza Strip.

The Saudi Foreign Ministry also announced the postponement of an Arab-African summit, which was scheduled for 12 November.

Israel has launched air and ground attacks on the Gaza Strip following a cross-border attack by Hamas on 7 October.

At least 10,328 Palestinians, including 4,237 children and 2,719 women, have been killed since then. The Israeli death toll, meanwhile, is nearly 1,600, according to official figures.

Besides the large number of casualties and massive displacements, basic supplies are running low for Gaza’s 2.3 million residents due to the Israeli siege.

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