The Saudi Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned Israel’s plans to extend its military offensive to Rafah in the Gaza Strip and called for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe. The ministry’s statement expressed categorical rejection and strong condemnation of the forced displacement of the enclave’s inhabitants, with around 1.7 million people crowded in Rafah, most of them already evacuated from other parts of the enclave.
Israel plans to extend its military offensive to Rafah, which is home to hundreds of thousands of civilians displaced by Israeli aggression. Both the UN and the United States have expressed concern about a possible expansion of the Israeli offensive, with the US State Department warning that a military operation without adequate planning for the evacuation of civilians would be disastrous.
Saudi Arabia, which conditions the establishment of relations with Israel on international recognition of a Palestinian state in the territories occupied in 1967, called a consultative meeting on the Gaza Strip with five Arab countries and the Palestinian National Authority. The meeting emphasized the need to protect Palestinian civilians and asserted that the Gaza Strip is an integral part of the occupied Palestinian territory.
The Saudi Foreign Ministry warned that attacking Rafah would have dangerous repercussions on both Palestine and neighboring countries. The ministry also called for an immediate ceasefire to end Israeli aggression against Palestine and prevent further human rights violations against civilians in Gaza.