Persian Gulf leaders, Erdogan call for end to Israel’s ‘blatant aggression’ in Gaza

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Leaders of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have jointly condemned Israel’s “blatant aggression” against the Palestinian people.

They also warned that the Israeli regime’s war on the Gaza Strip will have “dire consequences” for the entire region and the international community as well.

The leaders of the six nations of the GCC —Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, UAE, Bahrain, and Kuwait — and President Erdogan stated at the end of the 44th session of the Council in the Qatari capital Doha, on Tuesday.

They condemned Israel’s relentless bombardment of the Gaza Strip and called for the implementation of a permanent ceasefire in the Palestinian territory, where Israeli forces have killed more than 15,899 people, 70 percent of whom were women and children, since October 7.

The leaders also warned that Israel’s war on Gaza would lead to “dire consequences for the peoples of the region and international peace and security.”

In the statement, the leaders also called on the international community to intervene to establish a permanent ceasefire.

They also agreed to help rebuild “what the Israeli war machine destroyed in its attacks on the Strip during the past years.”

Qatar’s ruling emir and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also condemned Israel’s war crimes and called for a ceasefire, in separate remarks at the summit.

World must be ashamed for ‘turning its back’ on Gaza: Qatar’s emir

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, who hosted the summit, said in his opening remarks that it is a disgrace to the international community to allow this heinous crime to continue for more than two months.

“Why is the international community turning their back on Palestinian children and adopting dual standards?”

He noted that his country “will continue to make effort with other regional and global players to have a permanent ceasefire established and all the aggression against the Palestinian people come to a halt.”

Netanyahu committing war crimes: MBS 

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Netanyahu is committing war crimes against humanity in Gaza.”

Bin Salman said Netanyahu “is pushing the entire region into danger for the sake of his political future.”

Netanuahy gambling with region’s future: Erdogan

Turkey’s president Erdogan who attended the summit as a guest, also warned that the prime minister of Israel “is gambling with the entire region’s future.”

He also reiterated that “Israel’s war crimes and its crimes against humanity in Gaza should not be left unanswered.“

The Turkish leader also said that his country’s priority is to “ensure that a permanent ceasefire is implemented in Gaza and humanitarian aid is delivered without any interruption.”

Erdogan has repeatedly called for the occupying regime to be held accountable for war crimes in Gaza since Tel Aviv waged its war on the populated Palestinian territory.

He said on Saturday that Netanyahu, “the butcher of Gaza,” must be tried in the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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