GCC Leaders Blame West for Israel’s Merciless War in Gaza
Members of the GCC are holding the West accountable for supporting and backing Israel’s ruthless war in Gaza in which innocent civilians being killed. This time, with the Israel-Hamas war running in its second month, the Gulf Cooperation Council have not minced words.
Leaders of the six nations, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, the UAE, Kuwait and Turkey, gathered for the 44th session of the GCC on Tuesday, condemned Israel. An official statement said the war in Gaza led to the forced displacement of the civilian population, destruction of civilian facilities and infrastructure, including residential buildings, schools, health facilities and places of worship.
The Gulf leaders said Israel was in clear violation of international law and international humanitarian law. The leaders noted that the war in Gaza and the crimes committed by the occupation forces is a blatant violation of international laws.
Israel’s War Crimes in Gaza
They said the massacres perpetrated by the occupation authorities against the civilians in the Gaza Strip deepen the feeling of injustice and impotence of international legitimacy. The GCC highlighted that the crimes committed against the people in Gaza reflects the steadfastness of the Palestinian people, their insistence on obtaining their legitimate rights, and the centrality of the Palestine cause.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned Israel’s continued bombardment of the Gaza Strip. He said Benjamin Netanyahu is committing war crimes against humanity in Gaza and that he is pushing the entire region into danger for the sake of his political future.
According to the statement, the leaders stressed the need for immediately resuming humanitarian truce to achieve a complete and sustainable ceasefire and ensure the arrival of all humanitarian and relief aid and basic needs, the resumption of the work of electricity and water lines, and the entry of fuel, food and medicine for the residents of Gaza.
War Spillover Middle East
Moreover, the Gulf leaders warned about the danger of the expansion of the Gaza war in the Middle East. They believe the spillover will have dire consequences on the peoples of the region, international peace and security.
The GCC called on the international community to intervene and help establish a ceasefire to protect civilians, and take the necessary measures in line with international law to respond to Israel’s practices and its policy of collective punishment against the defenseless residents of Gaza.