Mohammed bin Salman condemns “occupation” of Gaza | Israel-Hamas war

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and de facto leader of the kingdom, Mohammed bin Salman, on Friday condemned Israeli forces’ offensive against Hamas in Gaza ahead of Arab and Muslim summits in Riyadh.

“We condemn the military occupation seen in the Gaza Strip, the targeting of civilians and the continued violation of international humanitarian law by the Israeli occupation forces,” Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in his first public statement on the war between Israel and Palestine. Islamic movement.

He was speaking at the start of a summit with African leaders in Riyadh, ahead of emergency meetings of the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) scheduled for Saturday, and was dedicated to the situation in the Gaza Strip.

“We stress the need to end this war and forced displacement, and create the necessary conditions for the establishment of stability and peace,” he added.

The war between Israel and Hamas, sparked by the Palestinian Islamist movement’s unprecedented attack on Israeli soil on October 7, has raised fears of a regional crisis.

More than 1,400 people died on the Israeli side, most of them killed on the day of the attack, according to Israeli officials.

In retaliation, Israel launched a shelling attack on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. More than 11,000 people were killed, according to Hamas’ health ministry.

The war has stalled talks between Israel and Saudi Arabia on a possible default deal, which Mohammed bin Salman said in September was “getting closer” by the day.

Riyadh has repeatedly criticized attacks against civilians in Gaza through press reports.

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