KSA flays Israeli savagery in Gaza Strip

Smoke and fire rise following an Israeli strike in Gaza City on Tuesday. Strikes pummeled a wide range of locations along the coastal area.

Smoke and fire rise following an Israeli strike in Gaza City on Tuesday. Strikes pummeled a wide range of locations along the coastal area.

Saudi Arabia has denounced the brutal Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip and the Jewish state’s war crimes against unarmed Palestinians.

It urged the international community to shoulder its responsibility in protecting the Palestinians from Israeli genocide.

In a meeting on Monday, the Cabinet welcomed the resolutions adopted by Arab foreign ministers following an extraordinary meeting in Cairo, stressing that the world community must move quickly to protect the Palestinians from Israeli aggression.

US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Hamas to stop spurning an Egyptian plan to halt fighting with Israel that has killed more than 600 people.

Egyptian security officers checked Kerry and his top aides with a metal detector as they arrived for a meeting with President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi, an unusual screening for a senior State Department official.

Israel, meanwhile, declared an infantryman missing in Gaza, bearing the same name as a soldier Hamas says it is holding.

Separately, major US, European and Canadian airlines canceled flights to and from Israel on Tuesday after a rocket fired from Gaza struck near its main international airport in Tel Aviv.

A house was damaged in a rocket strike in the Kiryat Ono Yehud region, several kilometers from the airport.

In the US, the Federal Aviation Administration banned US airlines from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport for at least 24 hours, citing the ongoing crisis in Gaza.

Delta, US Airways and United Airlines heeded the order, with Delta diverting a Tel Aviv-bound Boeing 747 with 273 passengers and 17 crew on board to Paris.

Air France said it was canceling its Tel Aviv flights “until further notice.” Lufthansa said it was doing likewise, for 72 hours. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines suspended its services as well, citing “security reasons.”

Lufthansa explained that it was suspending its Tel Aviv service “for the security of passengers and crew” amid the “unstable situation” near the airport.

Air Canada also canceled service to and from Tel Aviv, and said on Twitter it would “continue to evaluate going forward & update.”

British Airways and its low-cost rival EasyJet, however, maintained their flights.

“We continue to operate as normal,” a British Airways spokesman said. “Safety and security are our highest priorities and we continue to monitor the situation closely.”


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