Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan condemn Israel’s military raid on Nablus

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by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) – Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Jordan have issued statements condemning Israel for yesterday’s IDF raid in Palestinian Authority-controlled Nablus, which resulted in 11 Palestinians being killed and 102 wounded, the Times of Israel (TOI) reports.

Israeli officials said the daytime raid was conducted to find three suspects believed to be “planning attacks [on Israel] in the immediate future.”

All three of the suspects targeted by the IDF were killed and are included in the list of dead released by the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health,” TOI reports. According to Israeli authorities, the suspects had thrown rocks and molotov cocktails at IDF troops prior to being “neutralized.”

In a statement of condemnation, Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry said: “Israeli occupation forces’ storming of the Palestinian city… a serious violation of international law.” Riyadh calls on the international community to stop such escalations.”

Egypt’s foreign ministry expressed “deep concern” that the raid would further escalate tensions and hinder Egyptian efforts to restore calm, TOI reports. Qatar referred to the IDF raid as an “extension of [Israel’s] continuous and systematic crimes against the Palestinian people.”Jordan warned of an “ explosion of tensions in the Palestinian territories as a result of the Israeli escalation” and called on the international community to stop such “Israeli attacks” and “provide protection” to the Palestinian people.

All four countries reaffirmed their support for a two-state solution on pre-1967 lines, TOI said.

However, this idea is abhorrent to Israel, which considers such borders indefensible against Arab attacks. Notably, the Arab countries which signed the Abraham Accords normalizing diplomatic relations with Israel did not publicly condemn Wednesday’s raid.

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