As of Wednesday, over 700 people had been killed in Gaza in the past 24 hours alone, marking the highest daily death toll since the war commenced on 7 October.
A senior Hamas official has called on Arab and Muslim nations as well as the United Nations to take action to put an end to Israel’s relentless massacre in Gaza, where the death toll has neared 6,000.
Osama Hamdan urged Arab countries to sever any and all normalisation of diplomatic relations with Israel, emphasising the urgency of the Israeli war on Gaza during a press conference held in Beirut on Tuesday.
He also appealed for the immediate establishment of humanitarian aid checkpoints, facilitating the entry of essential supplies such as fuel, relief assistance, and equipment to assist with retrieving hundreds of bodies remaining under the rubble.
Doha has remained vocal in its criticism of Israeli aggression against Palestinians and has repeatedly expressed its staunch refusal to normalise with Israel.
Qatar’s Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Tuesday slammed Israel’s “barbaric and unprecedented bombing” of Gaza on and condemned countries around the world for their unconditional support of Israel’s killing of Palestinians.
“We are saying enough is enough. It is untenable for Israel to be given an unconditional green light and free license to kill, nor is it tenable to continue ignoring the reality of occupation, siege and settlement,” Sheikh Tamim told the Shura Council in Doha on Tuesday.
Addressing the weeks-long brutal campaign, Sheikh Tamim said Palestinians in Gaza “are living in difficult circumstances beyond imagination, and it is not permissible to remain silent about the barbaric and unprecedented bombing that civilians are being subjected to.”
Sheikh Tamim also took aim at those standing in support of Israel as it continues its bombing campaign on Gaza, where half of the population are under the age of 15.
“We would like to ask those who have aligned with the war, and those acting to gag any dissenting opinion: What would come in the aftermath of this war?” he said.
The Qatari leader underscored the seriousness of the situation in Gaza and its violations of all “religious and worldly values, customs and laws” in addition to Israel’s ongoing policy of settlement expansion and displacement.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia temporarily halted its efforts to normalise diplomatic relations with Israel in light of the ongoing Israeli war on Palestine, people privy to the matter said, Bloomberg a week after the war broke out.
The move presented a significant setback in United States President Joe Biden’s Middle East agenda. However, the individuals, who preferred to remain anonymous, clarified that this action is being described as a “pause” rather than a definitive end to the diplomatic initiative.
A US official, also requesting anonymity, stated that the administration has maintained communication with the Saudis and has not received official confirmation of the pause in the diplomatic efforts.
An earlier Reuters report indicated that Saudi Arabia had decided to put on hold its intentions to establish relations with Israel. Instead, the kingdom is actively involved in discussions with Iran in an effort to curtail a more extensive escalation of violence throughout the region.
Meanwhile, Israel’s aggression and its massacre of Palestinians has continued.
On Tuesday, authorities confirmed more than 700 people were killed in Gaza just 24 hours alone, marking the highest daily death toll since the war commenced on 7 October.
Israeli regime’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu applauded the massacre on Tuesday night, saying: “Yesterday, in our attacks in Gaza, we struck the enemy the harshest blow they have taken in a single day.”
According to reports, the documented murder toll among Palestinians in Gaza has neared 6,000, 70% of which are children, women and the elderly.
About 1,500 people have been reported missing and are presumed to be trapped or dead under the rubble.