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Saudi Arabia demands halt to Israeli attacks as three more Palestinians die in raid
RAMALLAH: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday demanded international action to end the deadly attacks by the Israeli armed forces against the Palestinian people.
At a Cabinet meeting in Jeddah chaired by King Salman, the ministers urged the international community to assume its responsibilities and exert all efforts to end the conflict.
The Saudi call came as three Palestinians were killed and 40 injured in an Israeli raid in Nablus in the northern West Bank, and 17-year-old Moamen Jaber died of his injuries in hospital of Hebron after being shot dead by Israeli soldiers during earlier clashes in Bab Al-Zawiya.
These four deaths bring to 130 the number of people killed this year by Israeli forces in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
“From Nablus to Hebron, after Gaza and Jenin, the occupation continues to commit its open crimes against our people in all the occupied territories,” Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh said.
Tuesday’s deaths came after Israeli elite forces surrounded a house in Nablus’ Old City early in the morning, closing in on Ibrahim Al-Nabulsi of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the military wing of the Fatah, and at least one other member of the group. , named Islam Sabbouh.
After Nabulsi refused demands to surrender, Israeli forces opened fire and hit the house with Matador anti-armour missiles, killing the men inside. Another Palestinian, Hussein Jamal Taha, 16, was also killed.
Thousands of Palestinians took part in the three funerals, the largest in Nablus for 20 years.
Violent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces erupted across the West Bank, injuring at least 20 civilians, most of them young men. A general strike was called in sign of mourning.
Nabulsi had survived several previous arrest or assassination attempts over the past five months.
The new attack came less than 48 hours after Israel suspended its military operations in the Gaza Strip, which claimed the lives of 46 Palestinians and injured more than 300 civilians, including women, children and the elderly.
Nabil Aburudina, spokesman for the Palestinian Authority, condemned the killings in Nablus and said the Israeli occupation was approaching a comprehensive confrontation with the entire Palestinian people through its aggression.
Aburudina said the Israeli government was not interested in peace and stability and was working to shed Palestinian blood to achieve gains in Israeli domestic politics.
He said the US delegate to the UN, by insisting on Israel’s right to defend itself, was supporting the Israeli narrative, which was unacceptable because Israel was the aggressor. If this aggression continued against the Palestinian people, it would trigger violence throughout the region, he said.
Taysir Nasrallah, a member of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council and a prominent Nablus leader who attended the funeral on Tuesday, told Arab News that mourners were chanting slogans calling for revenge against Israel.
Nasrallah said: “It seems that Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid started his election campaign early by killing the most Palestinians, which would allow him to get the most votes.
Palestinians believe that recent Israeli military escalations in Jenin, Gaza and Nablus are linked to Israel’s election campaign, with votes scheduled for November 1, and that Lapid, who lacks the military experience of his biggest rival , Benjamin Netanyahu , wants to appear to voters as capable of dealing militarily with the Palestinians.
“We believe there are electoral goals for this unprecedented military escalation against the Palestinians, and it confirms that the Israeli leadership has no plans for the Palestinians other than to kill,” Nasrallah said.
He called on the PA to take a decisive decision to end its relations with Israel.
“The new Palestinian generation does not believe in the approach of negotiations, which has brought no results for the Palestinians for 27 years, except by increasing settlements, killings and destruction against the Palestinians. Therefore, the Palestinian Authority must take a decisive decision to completely end the relationship with Israel, regardless of the results of that decision,” he said.
Palestinian politician Mustafa Barghouti told Arab News that Israeli crimes will lead to an overall Palestinian popular uprising.