Qatar emir slams 'shameful' inaction over Israel 'genocide' in Gaza

AFP , Ahram Online , Tuesday 5 Dec 2023

Qatar's ruler hit out at what he labeled "shameful" international inaction over the Israeli war on Gaza as he opened a Gulf Cooperation Council meeting in Doha on Tuesday.

Tamim bin Hamad
File Photo: Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. AFP

 

"It is shameful for the international community to allow this heinous crime to continue for nearly two months, during which the systematic and deliberate killing of innocent civilians continues, including women and children," Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani said.

Sheikh Tamim described Israel’s war as a "genocide" saying Israel’s occupation forces have violated all political, ethical and humanitarian values.

Israel has killed nearly 15,900 people in the Gaza, around 70 percent of them women and children, in 60 days of brutal attacks.

Qatar was a key mediator in negotiations that resulted in the release of scores of Israeli captives in exchange for Palestinian children and women detainees in Israel and humanitarian aid access during a seven-day truce that ended on Friday.

The Qatari ruler said his country was "constantly working to renew" the truce, which he added was "not an alternative to a permanent ceasefire".

He called for "an international investigation into the massacres committed by Israel" and condemned the targeting of civilians of all nationalities and religions.

 

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