Saudi Arabia s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan (C) chairs an extraordinary meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation s (OIC) executive committee regarding the situation in the besieged Gaza Strip in Jeddah on October 18, 2023, while accompanied by Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki (R). AFP
“The siege on Gaza must be lifted”, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said at the meeting, calling on the international community to take a responsible stance to protect the Palestinians in Gaza.
“We stress the necessity of delivering aid to Gaza to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe”, the Saudi Foreign Minister added.
Bin Farhan also called on the international community to "create conditions for peace in a way that guarantees the rights of the Palestinian people."
“We stress the necessity of establishing a Palestinian state”, he said.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyadh al-Maliki described the strike on the Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza as a “deliberate” Israeli attack, stressing that the strip's residents are being subjected to genocide.
Al-Maliki noted that the Israeli military had attacked the same hospital two days earlier and warned doctors there.
He said that Israel’s “war machine” had killed over 1,300 children in Gaza and slammed the international community that does nothing but “count the number of victims in Gaza.”
Furthermore, Al-Maliki pointed out that Israel kills a child every 15 minutes and has displaced a million Palestinians in one week. Israel continues to starve those it has displaced from their homes, he added.
The Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Hussein Ibrahim Taha, strongly condemned the horrific massacre committed by the Israeli occupation against Al-Ahli Baptismal Hospital in Gaza.
Taha considered it a war crime, a crime against humanity, and a state-sponsored terrorism that deserves accountability and punishment.
According to a statement from OIC, Taha held the Israeli occupation responsible for the consequences of its terrorist acts and brutal aggression, which contradict all human values and constitute a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law.
He reiterated his call to the international community, especially the United Nations Security Council, to urgently intervene to halt the war crimes committed by the Israeli occupation in the Gaza Strip and provide international protection for the Palestinian people.
For his part, Iran's Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdullahian, said the region was out of control and called for practical measures to be taken during the summit in response to the escalation in Gaza.
Abdullahian criticized his American counterpart, Antony Blinken, who he said is "present in the Zionist operations room while advising others to exercise restraint."
Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan stated that Israel's perpetration of atrocities is not being met with necessary punishment, emphasizing the need for an unconditional ceasefire.
Fidan further highlighted that the Palestinians face continuous suffering and death, asserting that a two-state solution is optimal and enduring, as there can be no peace without the Palestinian people.