Saudi Arabia has sent a strong warning to Israel against any further ground operations in the embattled Gaza Strip over the threat to Palestinian civilians, while also denouncing what it described as ‘an unjustified’ violation of international law.
The warning follows the declaration on Friday by Israeli military spokesman Daniel Hagari who revealed that the Israeli army was “extending” its ground operations after two straight nights of tank incursions.
Saudi Arabia “condemns and denounces any ground operations carried out by Israel due to the threat they pose to the lives of Palestinian civilians”, the kingdom’s foreign ministry said in a statement which was sighted by Africa Today News, New York.
It warned against “the danger of continuing to carry out these blatant and unjustified violations of international law against the brotherly Palestinian people”, saying it would have “serious repercussions for the stability of the region”.
Israel unleashed its bombing campaign after Hamas gunmen stormed across the Gaza border on October 7, killing 1,400 people, mostly civilians, and seizing more than 220 hostages, according to Israeli officials.
The health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza said Israeli strikes had killed 7,703 people, mainly civilians, including more than 3,500 children.
Africa Today News, New York gathered that Israel’s army relentlessly hammered the territory on Saturday after fierce overnight bombardments that rescuers said destroyed hundreds of buildings, three weeks into a war sparked by the deadliest attack in the country’s history.
“The kingdom calls on the international community to assume its responsibilities to immediately stop this military operation” and “enable humanitarian and relief organisations to deliver humanitarian aid” to civilians, the foreign ministry said.
Similarly, the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Israel to ‘immediately stop this madness’ and bring its ‘attacks’ on targets in Gaza to and end after Israeli forces intensified strikes on the Palestinian territory.