OIC chief launches urgent appeal for relief to Gaza

elatives mourn during the funeral of four members of the Moamer family, including a 26-year-old militant of the Hamas movement, after they were killed in an Israeli air strike in southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah, on July 14, 2014. (Reuters)

Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, launched Monday an appeal to Muslim states and international organizations to provide urgent humanitarian support and relief to the Palestinian people in Gaza currently under an intensive Israeli bombardment campaign.

“The Secretary General stressed that the brutal aggression witnessed in Gaza had been preceded by an inhuman siege, a longstanding crime that must be ended immediately,” an OIC statement obtained by Al Arabiya News said.

On Sunday Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud ordered immediate assistance to the Palestinian Red Crescent in Gaza worth more than $50 million.

Finance Minister Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency, said the king had issued a directive to provide the Palestinian Red Crescent in Gaza with 200 million Saudi Riyals.

The minister said that the amount was allocated “for immediate needs of medicines and medical equipment and supplies necessary to treat the victims of the Israeli attacks against the Gaza Strip which claimed the lives of thousands of innocent children, women, elderly and people of special needs.”

Israel has launched daily attacks on the Gaza Strip since Tuesday, in what it has described as part of an operation to halt cross-border rocket fire by militant groups.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 12:05 - GMT 09:05