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DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said on Sunday that Israel is carrying out “flagrant violations” against the Palestinians and called on the international community to take urgent action to stop the military operations.
The minister made the remarks during a televised speech at the start of an emergency online meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, as the fighting between Israel and armed Palestinian factions in Gaza entered its seventh day.
The Saudi Foreign Minister condemned what he described as a violation of the sanctity of Islam and the forcible expulsion of Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem.
He called on the international community to shoulder its responsibility towards this dangerous escalation and to work quickly to stop military operations and revive peace negotiations based on the two-state solution.
Health officials in the Gaza Strip said that the death toll from the Israeli air strikes had risen to 181, including 52 children. And Israel announced the killing of ten people, including two children.
The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) began firing rockets on Monday after weeks of tensions over a lawsuit to expel several Palestinian families in East Jerusalem and in response to Israeli police clashes with Palestinians near the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the month of Ramadan.
Israel responded with air and artillery strikes on the densely populated Gaza Strip.
(Press coverage of Aziz Al Yaqoubi and Maher Shmaitli – Prepared by Lubna Sabry for the Arabic Newsletter – Edited by Hassan Ammar)