KSA calls for stronger UN action to halt Gaza killings

Crown Prince Salman chairs the Cabinet meeting in Jeddah. (SPA)

Crown Prince Salman chairs the Cabinet meeting in Jeddah. (SPA)

Saudi Arabia has denounced the brutal Israeli aggression on the Palestinians in Gaza and has urged the UN Security Council and the Human Rights Council to realize their responsibilities and apply the Fourth Geneva Convention against Israel to stop its crimes and atrocities against the Palestinian people.

The Council of Ministers, which met under the chairmanship of Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, lauded the SR200 million donation ordered by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to secure medicine and medical equipment required by the Palestinian victims of Israeli attacks on Gaza.

Deputy Foreign Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah earlier said the suffering in Gaza today is a shame on humanity.

Addressing an emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo, he said it is a shame that international powers had failed to protect the Palestinian people from the Israeli airstrikes.

“A total of 172 citizens have been killed and more than 1,000 injured so far,” said Prince Abdul Aziz.

“Isn’t that enough to stir and wake up the conscious of the world.”

He said: “International forces and peace-loving nations must immediately move and step up their efforts to protect the Palestinian people in Gaza.”

Prince Abdul Aziz said: “In Saudi Arabia, we strongly feel the size and dimensions of this tragedy. King Abdullah is fully aware of the responsibility placed on his shoulders toward our brothers in Palestine.”

He reaffirmed the Kingdom’s commitment to provide all possible assistance to support the Palestinian people through the Arab League and put an end to the Israeli aggression.

The Cabinet was briefed on the outcome of talks between King Abdullah and Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, lauding the relations between the two countries.

The Cabinet was also briefed on the telephone talks between King Abdullah and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the latest developments at regional and international levels.

The Cabinet reviewed the final communiqué of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s executive committee, citing its condemnation of the brutal crimes committed by the Israeli troops against unarmed Palestinian civilians.

The OIC called on the world community to shoulder its responsibility in preserving global peace and security and take measures to put an end to the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people.

The Cabinet appreciated the efforts of the National Campaign in support of Syrians, to provide safe havens and food and medicine as well as iftar meals to Syrian refugees in neighboring countries.

Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Naif briefed the Cabinet on the outcomes of the 21st meeting of the Governors of Regions.

The Cabinet approved an agreement between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (the National Center for Digital Certification) and Information Technology Industry Development Agency in Egypt.

The Cabinet approved a new law to regulate municipal licensing procedures.

It also approved the fodder system to ensure supply of health food for animals.

It appointed Naif bin Omar Rubayaan head of 10th regiment; Mohammed bin Khalid Busais head of 23th regiment; Falah bin Mishaal bin Hathlin head of 37th regiment at the Ministry of National Guard; Othman bin Nasser Al-Muhaimeed assistant vice president for performance control at the General Auditing Bureau; Othman bin Abdul Rahman Al-Yahya assistant vice president for branches’ affairs at the General Auditing Bureau; Abdullatif bin Abdurrahman Busbait administrative expert at the Board of Grievances; Abdul Monem bin Mahmoud Al-Rashid mayor of Northern Border Province under the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs; and Abdullah bin Ali Al-Mukhlif head of notary at the Ministry of Justice.


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