Israel ‘violates’ Palestinians’ rights: Saudi Arabia  



International Desk, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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Saudi Arabia has strongly condemned the missile and air strikes by the occupying Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip.

On Sunday (May 16), the country's foreign minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud, said Israel was "clearly violating" Palestinian rights. He called on the international community to take urgent action to stop the attack.

He made the remarks at an emergency meeting of the executive committee of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), an organization of Muslim states, Qatar-based Al Jazeera reported.

He said a ceasefire was needed for regional stability.

Occupying Israel has been carrying out a series of attacks on Palestinian civilians for a week. At least 33 Palestinians were killed in an Israeli airstrike on Sunday morning. About 50 others were injured.

A total of 180 Palestinians have been killed so far in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, health officials said. 50 of them are children. Besides, more than one thousand people were injured.

Meanwhile, in a televised speech on Saturday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Hamas had started the current conflict by launching rocket attacks on Israel.

Netanyahu said attacks on Gaza will continue as long as necessary. However, maximum efforts will be made to reduce the casualties as much as possible.

The renewed conflict has begun since the start of the eviction process of several long-lived Palestinian families in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem. Tensions then escalated over Israel's Jerusalem Day celebrations.