Saudi Arabia has strongly condemned Israel’s plans to extend its military offensive to Rafah, a city in the south of the Gaza Strip. 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, which serves as the last refuge for displaced Palestinian civilians. They expressed strong condemnation of the forced displacement of the enclave’s inhabitants and emphasized the need for an immediate ceasefire.
Israel announced its intention to expand its military offensive to Rafah, where around 1.7 million people are cramped. The UN and US expressed concern about this potential expansion, warning of dire consequences for the civilian population.
Saudi Arabia, which only establishes relations with Israel on condition that international recognition is granted for a Palestinian state in occupied territories since 1967, convened a “consultative” meeting with five Arab countries on Gaza Strip affairs. During this meeting, foreign ministers from Egypt, Qatar, UAE, Jordan and Palestine Authority urged protection for Palestinian civilians and emphasized that Gaza Strip should be considered an integral part of occupied Palestinian territory.