Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince calls for the Gaza blockade to be lifted

Prime Minister and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud called for the blockade on the Gaza Strip to be lifted. He stated this at a meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

“The Kingdom, the Crown Prince added, calls for the siege on Gaza to be lifted to restore justice, stability and peace and ensure that the Palestinian people realize their legitimate rights,” reported Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The crown prince reiterated the need to find ways to stop military operations that have claimed civilian lives, “underscoring the kingdom’s desire to increase communication, calm the situation, stop the current escalation and demand respect for international humanitarian law.”

On October 9, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant ordered a complete blockade of Gaza. On October 8, the electricity supply was stopped, and on October 9, the water supply was interrupted. On October 11, the only power plant in the Gaza Strip also shut down due to fuel depletion. Palestinian health workers reported a lack of resources in hospitals and clinics.

Israeli Ministry of Energy stated October 12 that Gaza will remain without electricity and water supplies until Hamas militants release the Israelis.

On October 15, Israel opened a humanitarian corridor from Gaza for three hours. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) suspended shelling of the Salah al-Din highway from 10:00 to 13:00 local time (which coincides with Moscow time) for the passage of the population. Before the announcement of the corridor, the media reported that the road was being shelled, as a result of which, according to the latest data, 70 people were killed and about 200 were injured. The IDF rejected accusations of the attack, pointing to adherence to international law.

The conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas escalated after militants attacked Israeli towns and took hostages on October 7. The IDF responded by announcing the start of Operation Iron Swords. According to the latest data, the total number of deaths on both sides exceeded 3,500 people.

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