DUBAI: Jordan was elected by the Arab Ministerial Committee to chair the group’s efforts to stop Israeli attacks and provocations in occupied territories in Palestine, Jordanian state news Petra reported on Tuesday.
The committee is made of ministers from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Qatar, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and the Secretary-General of the Arab League.
The committee, headed by Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, discussed regional and international ways to halt the Israeli attacks in the occupied territories in Jerusalem, which – it said – also undermine the two-state solution and regional peace.
Meanwhile, Israel mounted air strikes in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, the first since the end of 11 days of cross-border fighting last month, in response to incendiary balloons launched from the Palestinian territory.
On Tuesday, Israeli far-right nationalists began a flag-waving march through East Jerusalem as police in riot gear and on horseback cordoned off areas leading to the walled Old City’s flashpoint Damascus Gate, clearing the area of Palestinians ahead of the congregation.