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Saudi Arabia, China Discuss Israel-Iran Escalation, Developments In Gaza

16.04.2024 03:42

Iran launched barrage of drones, missiles at Israel on Saturday in response to April 1 attack on Iranian diplomatic compound in Damascus.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan discussed the latest escalation in the conflict between Israel and Iran and developments in Gaza in a phone call Monday with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

During their conversation, they also discussed the importance of joint coordination and efforts to prevent the aggravation of the situation, according to a statement by the kingdom's Foreign Ministry.

Iran on Saturday launched an airborne attack on Israel in retaliation for an April 1 airstrike on its diplomatic compound in the Syrian capital. It reportedly fired more than 300 drones and missiles, with almost all intercepted by the air defense systems of Israel and its allies – the US, France and the UK.

Israel has waged a deadly military offensive on the Gaza Strip since an Oct. 7 cross-border attack by the Palestinian group Hamas in which some 1,200 Israelis were killed.

Nearly 33,800 Palestinians, mostly women and children, have since been killed in Gaza, and nearly 76,500 injured amid mass destruction and shortages of necessities.

The Israeli war has pushed 85% of Gaza's population into internal displacement amid a crippling blockade of most food, clean water and medicine, while 60% of the enclave's infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed, according to the UN.

Israel is accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice, which in January issued an interim ruling ordering it to ensure its forces do not commit acts of genocide and guarantee that humanitarian assistance is provided to civilians in Gaza.

*Writing by Ahmed Asmar -

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