With the escalation of events in the Gaza Strip, for the second day in a row, the reactions condemning the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip continue, amid calls for international protection for the Palestinian people.
The Israeli army continues to launch raids on Gaza, as part of a military operation that it started yesterday afternoon, and which, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, resulted in the killing of 24 Palestinians, including 6 children, and the wounding of 203.
In the new reactions, Saudi Arabia affirmed today its support for the Palestinian people in light of the Israeli escalation against the Gaza Strip. In a statement this evening, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed “the Kingdom’s condemnation and denunciation of the attack carried out by the Israeli occupation forces on the Gaza Strip.”
The Saudi Foreign Ministry affirmed, “The Kingdom stands by the brotherly Palestinian people,” calling on the international community to assume its responsibilities to end the escalation, provide the necessary protection for civilians, and make all efforts to end this long-running conflict.
Meanwhile, the State of Kuwait condemned what it described as the “aggression” carried out by the Israeli forces on the Gaza Strip in the State of Palestine. In a statement today, the Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that this “aggression” comes as a continuation of the “crimes” carried out by the Israeli forces and an insistence on their “violation” of the rules of international law and resolutions of international legitimacy.
In its statement, the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry called on the international community to assume its responsibilities by taking immediate and swift action to ensure that the Israeli authorities respect the United Nations Charter and the rules of international law and abide by the resolutions of international legitimacy.
For its part, the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemned the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, calling in a statement for the international community to intervene quickly to stop this aggression immediately, and to ask Israel to abide by UN resolutions, in order to preserve Palestinian civilians who suffer greatly from the unjust Israeli siege.
While Tunisia condemned the Israeli forces’ attack on the besieged Gaza Strip, calling in a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Tunisians Abroad, the international community to assume its legal and moral responsibility towards the Palestinian people.
The statement stressed the need to provide him with the necessary international protection, to confront the crimes of the occupier, and to prevent him from acting as a force above accountability and above international conventions.
This comes, while the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said, in a brief statement, that Cairo is conducting intensive contacts around the clock in order to contain the situation in Gaza, work to calm down and preserve lives and property.
This was indicated by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, in his speech today at the Military College in Cairo, saying: “His country is conducting contacts with the Palestinians and Israelis to prevent violence and fighting.”
The Egyptian president made it clear that there are contacts with all parties around the clock so that things do not get out of control, pointing out that Cairo is making great efforts with its partners to restore calm, stability and peace in the Gaza Strip.
For his part, the Secretary-General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, Dr. Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf, condemned the military aggression of the brutal Israeli forces on the Gaza Strip, which led to the fall of a number of Palestinian martyrs and wounded.
Al-Hajraf explained that “this continuation of the crimes of Israel – the occupying power – is nothing but a violation of international law and resolutions of international legitimacy,” stressing the need for the international community to act urgently against civilians, especially women and children, expressing sincere condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Palestine. Wishing the injured a speedy recovery.
In the same context, the Arab Parliament condemned “the brutal Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, and the targeting of defenseless civilians.”
In a statement, the Arab Parliament held Israel “the consequences of this dangerous escalation against the Palestinian people.”
He considered that “the bombing of civilian targets in the Gaza Strip by aircraft is a flagrant defiance of international law and a flagrant violation of the Charter of the United Nations and international conventions, treaties and principles.”
The Arab Parliament called on the international community to intervene urgently to stop this escalation and aggression against the Palestinian people.
In turn, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation strongly condemned the brutal aggression launched by the Israeli occupation forces on the Gaza Strip, which led to the rise of a number of Palestinian martyrs and wounded.
In a statement, the organization considered that this comes as a continuation of the crimes of Israel, the occupying power, and its violations of international law and resolutions of international legitimacy. It held the Israeli forces fully responsible for the consequences of this dangerous escalation, calling on the international community, especially the UN Security Council, to shoulder its responsibilities in stopping this unjust Israeli aggression and providing international protection for the Palestinian people.
Today, Russia, too, has expressed its deep concern about the developments in the Gaza Strip, affirming its position in support of realizing the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to establish their independent state on the 1967 borders on the basis of Security Council and United Nations General Assembly resolutions.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a press statement, “The Israeli Air Force’s attacks on the Gaza Strip yesterday, Friday, led to a new wave of escalation of tension that threatens to turn into a large-scale military confrontation and deteriorate the already deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip,” stressing that Russia supports Reaching a comprehensive and long-term settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of the two-state solution.
It affirmed Russia’s position in support of achieving the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people in establishing an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders on the basis of Security Council and United Nations General Assembly resolutions.
For its part, Pakistan “strongly” condemned the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, describing it as a “terrorist act”. Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, in a tweet, considered the Israeli attack on Gaza a “terrorist act,” adding, “If barbarism and impunity had a face, that would be the face of Israel targeting the Palestinians without any regard for the consequences.” “Pakistan strongly condemns the Israeli attacks,” he added.
Malaysia also condemned in the strongest terms the Israeli attacks against Gaza, which resulted in deaths and injuries of Palestinian civilians, including children.
Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said in a statement today that Malaysia called on the international community to urgently exert maximum pressure on the Israeli regime to immediately stop its violations and aggressive actions against the Palestinians, the Malaysian newspaper “New Straits Times” reported.
“The recent brutality on the part of Israel already represents a blatant disregard for international law and the many principles of humanity,” he added.
He added, “The international community must condemn Israel for its selfish and provocative attacks and the policy of apartheid against the basic rights of Palestinians of all sects on their land, lives, families and dignity.”
He stressed that “there should not be any double standards in dealing with conflicts,” noting that Malaysia stresses its firm support and solidarity with the Palestinian people and their cause to gain freedom from the Israeli occupation.
Turkey also condemned the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, and the Turkish Foreign Ministry indicated that it is watching with deep concern the escalating tension in the region following the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip. She emphasized that the loss of lives of civilians, including children, as a result of these attacks is unacceptable. “We strongly condemn the air attacks launched by Israel on Friday against Gaza,” she said. And she stressed the need to “end the aforementioned events immediately before they turn into a spiral of conflict.”
For his part, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney called for an immediate end to the Israeli aggression on Gaza and the protection of civilians there. “Ireland calls for de-escalation and protection of civilians, an obligation under international law,” Coveney said on Twitter. I am particularly concerned about the effect on children.” “We are deeply concerned about the escalation in and around Gaza and the impact of Israeli strikes on civilians,” he added.