Saudi Arabia condemns Israeli aggression in Gaza

A Palestinian boy sits next to the destroyed Hamas site following Israeli air strikes, in Gaza City March 15, 2019. March 12, 2019. (Reuters)
Updated 18 March 2019
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Saudi Arabia condemns Israeli aggression in Gaza

  • Kingdom’s ambassador at the United Nations in Geneva spoke on the violations
  • Ambassador called on the international community to pressure Israel

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has strongly condemned Israeli violations in the occupied Palestinian territories and the recent Israeli forces’ aggression on unarmed civilians in the Gaza Strip.
The Kingdom’s ambassador at the United Nations in Geneva spoke on the violations in his speech before the Human Rights Council, during an interactive dialogue with the commission investigating violations in Gaza.
Speaking from Geneva, Dr. Abdel Aziz Al-Wasel said the committee’s report revealed the extent of violations and the excessive use of force by Israeli forces against unarmed demonstrators in Gaza, which led to the killing of 183 Palestinians and wounded thousands toward the end of 2018, including children and women.
The ambassador called on the international community to pressure Israel to put an end to such aggression and to hold those responsible responsible for such crimes.
He noted that the violations committed by Israeli forces against the Palestinian people have continued unabated for decades.
Al-Wasel said such Israeli violations which are against the international and humanitarian law will continue under a policy of impunity.
He also called on UN member states to hold on to their responsibility in achieving the commitment to human rights and ensure the respect for international law, based on the first common article of the Geneva Conventions.


Four killed in failed terrorist attack on interior ministry building north of Riyadh

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Four killed in failed terrorist attack on interior ministry building north of Riyadh

DUBAI: Four heavily armed attackers were killed in a failed terrorist attack on an interior ministry building in Zulfi, north of Riyadh.

A spokesperson from the Kingdom’s Presidency of State Security also said that three government security personnel suffered minor injuries during the exchange of fire, Saudi state news agency SPA reported.

“The security authorities in the Presidency managed to thwart the terrorist act targeting the center of investigations ... and dealt with them as required by the situation,” the spokesman was quoted by SPA as saying.

The identities of the four gunmen are still being determined by government authorities, the news agency addd.

Special security personnel were still working on the site to assess and identify the explosive materials that the terrorists had in their possession, the spokesperson said, and the findings would be announced later.

The suspects, who were on board a car, tried to crash through the main entrance of the General Directorate of Investigation’s Center in Riyadh, but were intercepted by security to prevent the vehicle from gainin access into the compund.

Two gunmen died during the initial exchange of fire with the security forces, while one was killed as he attempted to flee. The fourth attacker died as he tried to blow up an explosive belt,  pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported.