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Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: ‘No other way but to resist Israel,’ says Iran President Raisi at Islamic-Arab summit


Israel-Gaza War LIVE: Saudi Arabia and several other Muslim nations on Saturday collectively urged for an immediate halt to military operations in Gaza.

They dismissed Israel’s rationale for its actions against Palestinians, asserting that it was not justified as self-defence, Reuters reported.

The joint Islamic-Arab summit in Riyadh urged the International Criminal Court to investigate “war crimes and crimes against humanity that Israel is committing” in the Palestinian territories, according to a final communique, according to Reuters.

Saudi Arabia has actively urged the United States and Israel to cease hostilities in Gaza, with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto leader of the kingdom, convening Arab and Muslim leaders to emphasize this plea.

Among those present were Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who was reinstated into the Arab League earlier this year.

“There is no other way but to resist Israel. We kiss the hands of Hamas for its resistance against Israel,” Raisi said in his address.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Palestinians were facing a ‘genocidal war’ and urged the United States to end Israeli ‘aggression’.

Since then, Israel has escalated its assault on Gaza, where 11,078 people had been killed as of Friday, 40% of them children, according to Palestinian officials.

Check all the Israel-Gaza War LIVE updates here

12 Nov 2023, 06:30:52 AM IST

What Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said at the Islamic-Arab summit?

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said a lack of concrete punitive measures against Israel would render the summit toothless.

“If we do not have real tools for pressure, then any step we take or speech we give will have no meaning,” said Assad, who was welcomed back into the Arab fold this year after an extended rift over his country’s civil war.

He said no Middle Eastern country should engage in any “political process” with Israel, including developing economic relations, until a lasting ceasefire is reached. (AFP)

12 Nov 2023, 06:26:30 AM IST

Thousands join pro-Palestine protest in London, huge crowd ‘storms the Cenotaph’

The social media is flooded with videos reportedly showing a huge crowd participating in the “National March for Palestine” in central London on Saturday. The march was organised after a two-minute silence was observed at The Cenotaph war memorial to remember Britain’s war dead on Armistice Day.

According to AFP, huge crowds of protesters waved black, red, white and green Palestinian flags and held aloft placards proclaiming “Stop Bombing Gaza”. As the march set off, protesters shouted “Free Palestine” and “ceasefire now”.

The march on Saturday generated concern because it coincided with Armistice Day. This day commemorates the end of fighting in World War I in 1918 — and political criticisms about the policing operation. Read the complete story here.

12 Nov 2023, 06:25:20 AM IST

Iran asks Islamic countries to designate Israel army ‘terrorist group’, but UAE plans to maintain ties: Report

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi called on Islamic governments to designate Israel’s military as a “terrorist organisation”, news agency AFP reported. President Raisi cited Israel’s current operations in the Gaza Strip to urge nations, that have ties with Israel, to sever them. He called for greater support for Palestinians, the report said.

Ebrahim Raisi was speaking at a summit of Arab and Muslim leaders in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Saturday. He has arrived in Saudi Arabia to participate in the OIC summit, which aimed to discuss the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, The Times of Israel reported. Read the complete story here.

12 Nov 2023, 06:24:36 AM IST

US accomplice in Israel ‘crimes’: Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said on Saturday that the US government is the “main perpetrator” and “accomplice” of the confrontation between Israel and Hamas.

“US government is the main perpetrator and accomplice to this crime. Israel is the illegitimate child of America. It is America that has preferred support it over the sacred lives of thousands of oppressed Palestinian children. By immediately forming its security cabinet in the occupied territories, America encouraged the Zionist regime to carry out criminal operations against the helpless people of Gaza and called it legitimate defence,” he said. (ANI)

12 Nov 2023, 06:23:34 AM IST

Palestinians facing a ‘genocidal war’, says Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Palestinians were facing a ‘genocidal war’ and urged the United States to end Israeli ‘aggression’. (Reuters)

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Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.