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Organisation of Islamic Cooperation urges international push for ceasefire in Gaza

November 13, 2023 at 6:14 pm

The Organissation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ambassadors Group hold a press conference for the ongoing situation on Gaza, in Brussels, Belgium on November 13, 2023 [Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency]

Ambassadors of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states in Brussels, on Monday, urged the international community, with a particular focus on the EU, to exert pressure on Israel to halt its ongoing assault on Gaza, Anadolu Agency reports.

At a news conference in Brussels, the ambassadors of the 57-nation bloc read a statement calling upon the EU to undertake all necessary efforts to prompt an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire and bring an end to Israeli aggression against Gaza.

The statement emphasised the

crucial role of the EU in holding Israel accountable for the war crimes committed in Gaza, underscoring that the Israeli attacks on Gaza cannot be justified as self-defence.

Furthermore, the statement stressed that

the establishment of a Palestinian State within the borders of 1967, with Jerusalem as its capital, is the sole pathway to achieving lasting peace in the region

The statement follows a joint Arab-Islamic summit held in Saudi Arabia, which also called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and the immediate entry of humanitarian aid.

As the Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip entered its 38th day, at least 11,180 Palestinians have been killed, including over 7,700 children and women, and more than 28,200 others have been injured, according to the latest figures by Palestinian authorities.

Thousands of buildings, including hospitals, mosques and churches have also been damaged or destroyed in Israel’s relentless air and ground attacks on the besieged enclave since last month.

The Israeli death toll, meanwhile, is nearly 1,200, according to official figures.

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