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Saudi Arabia renews call for immediate ceasefire in Gaza

February 26, 2024 at 4:47 pm

Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud delivers a speech during a meeeting on the situation in Gaza Strip on the sidelines of a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, at the United Nations Offices, in Geneva, on December 12, 2023 [FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images]

Saudi Arabia, on Monday, renewed its call for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip amid a deadly Israeli offensive on the Palestinian enclave since 7 October, Anadolu Agency reports.

“We call on the international community to shoulder its responsibility to put an end to escalation and war, protect civilians and pave the way for a clear and legitimate peace process that includes all parties,” Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal Bin Farhan, said in a speech to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council.

The top diplomat demanded a “clear-cut, legitimate peace process” to stop Palestinians being “subjected to the worst violations of human rights”.

“We should dissipate doubts about the right of Palestinians to live in security and their right to self-determination through a legitimate process that is irreversible for them to have their independent State,” he said.

The Saudi Minister also warned of “catastrophic consequences” from a planned Israeli ground attack on Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

Tel Aviv plans a ground offensive in Rafah, where 1.4 million people have taken refuge, despite international warnings and calls to avoid any such attack.

Israel has launched a deadly offensive on the Gaza Strip since a 7 October cross-border incursion by Hamas, killing more than 29,782 people and causing mass destruction and shortages of necessities, while nearly 1,200 Israelis are believed to have been killed.

However, since then, it has been revealed by Haaretz that helicopters and tanks of the Israeli army had, in fact, killed many of the 1,139 soldiers and civilians claimed by Israel to have been killed by the Palestinian Resistance.

The Israeli war on Gaza has pushed 85 per cent of the Territory’s population into internal displacement amid acute shortages of food, clean water and medicine, while 60 per cent of the enclave’s infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed, according to the UN.

Israel stands accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice. An interim ruling in January ordered Tel Aviv to stop genocidal acts and take measures to guarantee that humanitarian assistance is provided to civilians in Gaza.

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