Saudi Arabia has strongly condemned Israel’s plans to extend its military offensive to Rafah in the Gaza Strip and called for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe. The Saudi Foreign Ministry expressed categorical rejection and strong condemnation of the forced displacement of the enclave’s inhabitants and called for an immediate ceasefire.
Israel plans to extend its military offensive to Rafah, where around 1.7 million people are crowded, most of them already evacuated from other parts of the enclave. The UN and the United States have expressed concern about a possible expansion of the Israeli offensive, with the US State Department warning that a military operation without adequate planning for the evacuation of civilians would be disastrous.
In response to these developments, Saudi Arabia called a consultative meeting on the Gaza Strip with five Arab countries and the Palestinian National Authority. The meeting emphasized the need to protect Palestinian civilians and asserted that the Gaza Strip is an integral part of the occupied Palestinian territory.
The Saudi Foreign Ministry warned of the dangerous repercussions of attacking Rafah, which is home to hundreds of thousands of civilians displaced by Israeli aggression. The ministry’s statement underlined the need for Israel to stop its military operations immediately in order to avoid causing further harm and displacement among Palestinians living in Gaza.