Joint Arab-Islamic Summit Calls for Breaking Siege Imposed on Gaza Strip, Immediate Entry of Humanitarian Aid

Riyadh, The Joint Arab-Islamic Extraordinary Summit called for breaking the Israeli siege imposed on the Gaza Strip and allowing the immediate entry of Arab, Islamic and international humanitarian aid convoys, and called on international organizations to participate in this process.

The summit also tasked the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Turkiye, Indonesia and Nigeria as well as any interested country and the OIC and League’s secretaries-general to initiate immediate international action on behalf of all member states of the two blocs to stop the war on Gaza, and press for a serious and real political process in order to achieve lasting and comprehensive peace, in accordance with approved international references.

In the final communique issued at the end of the joint Arab-Islamic extraordinary summit hosted by Riyadh, the summit called on the United Nations Security Council to take decisive, binding action to halt the Israeli aggression on Gaza as well as to curbs the colonial occupation authority that violates international law, international humanitarian law, and international legitimacy resolutions, considering that failure to do so is complicity that allows the Israeli entity to continue its brutal aggression that kills innocent people, children, the elderly, and women, and turns Gaza into ruin.

It called on countries to stop exporting weapons and ammunition to the Israeli occupation used by its army and terrorist settlers to kill Palestinian people, and destroy their homes, hospitals, schools, mosques and churches.

It also called on the Security Council to take an immediate decision condemning the barbaric Israeli occupation’s destruction of hospitals in the Gaza Strip and preventing the entry of medicines, food and energy to it as well as cutting electricity, water and the internet as a collective punishment, which is a war crime in line with international law.

The final communique deplored the displacement of about 1.5 Palestinians from the north of the Gaza Strip to its south, considering it a war crime in accordance with the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 and its annex of 1977.

It called on the states parties to the convention to take a collective decision condemning Israel for this step, and called on all United Nations organizations to confront the attempt of the colonial occupation authorities to normalize this inhuman and miserable reality and the emphasis on the necessity of the immediate return of these displaced people to their homes and areas.

The final communique expressed complete and absolute rejection of any attempts of collective or individual forced displacement, exile or deportation of the Palestinian people, whether inside the Gaza Strip or the West Bank, including Jerusalem, or outside its territory to any other destination, whatever it may be, considering this a mistake and a war crime.

It condemned the Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip, the war crimes, the barbaric and inhumane massacres committed by the colonial occupation government during it, and against the Palestinian people in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and called for stopping it immediately, stressing the rejection of characterizing this revenge war as self-defense or justifying it under any pretext.

The communique also condemned the killing and targeting of civilians as a principled position based on our humanitarian values and consistent with international law and international humanitarian law. It stressed the need for the international community to take immediate and rapid steps to stop the killing and targeting of Palestinian civilians, in a way that confirms that there is no difference at all between life of one person and another or discrimination on the basis of nationality, race or religion.

The summit stressed the rejection of any proposals that would establish the separation of Gaza from the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and stressed that any future approach to Gaza must be in the context of working on a comprehensive solution that guarantees the unity of Gaza and the West Bank as land of the Palestinian state, which must be embodied in a free, independent, sovereign state with East Jerusalem as its capital on the lines of June 4, 1967. (MORE)

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