Saudi Arabia strongly condemned Israel’s plans to extend its military offensive to Rafah, a city in the south of the Gaza Strip, where over a million Palestinians reside. The Saudi Foreign Ministry called for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.
In a statement, the Saudi Foreign Ministry warned of the dangerous repercussions of attacking the city of Rafah, the last refuge of displaced Palestinian civilians. They expressed strong condemnation of the forced displacement of the enclave’s inhabitants in the face of the Israeli offensive and emphasized the need for an immediate ceasefire.
Israel announced its plan to extend its military offensive to Rafah, where around 1.7 million people are crowded. The UN and the United States expressed concern about the potential expansion of the Israeli offensive, warning of dire consequences for the civilian population.
Saudi Arabia, which conditions the establishment of relations with Israel on international recognition of a Palestinian state in the territories occupied in 1967, called a “consultative” meeting on the Gaza Strip with five Arab countries. At the meeting, the foreign ministers of Egypt, Qatar, UAE, Jordan, and the Palestinian National Authority called for the protection of Palestinian civilians and emphasized the Gaza Strip’s status as an integral part of the occupied Palestinian territory.
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