20 Oct 2023

Israel-Palestine War: Targeting civilians in Gaza a heinous crime: Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman tells British PM Rishi Sunak

Saudi Arabia Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and noted that the targeting of civilians in Gaza was a "heinous crime and a brutal attack", Arab News reported citing the Saudi Press Agency.

In the meeting which was held between two leaders on Thursday, both the leaders agreed on the need to avoid any further escalation of the Israel-Hamas war in the Middle East, Sunak's Downing Street office said.

According to Arab News, "The prime minister encouraged the Crown Prince to use Saudi's leadership in the region to support stability, both now and in the long-term."

Taking to X, PM Sunak spoke about the meeting saying, "I had an important and productive meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. We agreed on coordinated action to prevent further escalation in the region, provide vital humanitarian aid in Gaza and support stability, both now and in the long-term."

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak arrived in Riyadh on Thursday and held talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Sunak was received by the deputy Emir of Riyadh region on arrival, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

British Prime Minister Sunak went to meet the Saudi Prince in Riyadh after he held a private meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday.  Sunak on Thursday also met Israeli President Isaac Herzog. Herzog said that during such difficult days, we see clearly who are Israel's true friends.

Sunak on Thursday said the UK supports Israel's right to defend itself is in line with international law and to fight against Hamas after the terror group launched attack on Tel Aviv on October 7.

'Israel will target Hamas like human animals' 

Meanwhile, Israeli Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Avi Dichter said on Friday that the Hamas organisation have behaved like 'animals' and emphasised that his country will target Hamas like 'human animals' during and after the war.

"You don't need justification to fight against an organization like Hamas that have behaved like animals hunting other animals. We are going to target those animals, human animals, whether during the war or after the war, nobody is going to escape," he said. 

UN experts express outrage over deadly strike at Gaza hospital, school, refugee camps

On the other hand, UN experts have expressed outrage over the deadly strike at Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City, which killed more than 470 civilians on Tuesday and trapped hundreds under the rubble. 

The strike reportedly followed two warnings issued by Israel that an attack on the hospital was imminent if people inside were not evacuated.

"The strike against Al Ahli Arab Hospital is an atrocity. We are equally outraged by the deadly strike on the same day on an UNRWA school located in Al Maghazi refugee camp that sheltered some 4000 displaced people, as well as two densely populated refugee camps," the experts said.

The experts raised serious humanitarian and legal concerns over Israel tightening its 16-year siege of the enclave and its population and long-standing occupation, depriving 2.2 million people of essential food, fuel, water, electricity and medicine. 

An estimated 50,000 pregnant women in Gaza, are in desperate need of prenatal and postnatal care. The number of internally displaced people across the Gaza Strip is estimated at around one million.

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