Saudi Arabia Calls for World Pressure against Israel

Published November 21st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Gulf superpower Saudi Arabia appealed for international pressure on Israel to restore peace to the Middle East, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported Tuesday. 

The call came from a cabinet meeting Monday, which Information Minister Abdul Salam Al-Farsi said "denounced the escalation of the Israeli aggression, which includes attacking the unarmed people by helicopters." 

SPA said the cabinet "appealed to the world community to cooperate to force Israel to comply with the relevant international resolutions so that peace and stability would prevail in this region." 

Faris spoke after two Israelis died in a bus bombing but before Israeli helicopters launched major punitive raids on Palestinian targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday night, killing at least one Palestinian and wounding 120. 

SPA said the cabinet, chaired by King Fahd, noted the "deteriorating situation" in the Palestinian territories, and hit out at "Israel barring medicines and medical assistance from reaching the Palestinians and halting the transfer of money to the Palestinian authority." 

Saudi Arabia has offered firm political and financial support for the Palestinians since violence erupted with Israel seven weeks ago, leaving some 250 dead, the majority Palestinians. 

A convoy of 18 Saudi ambulances was among aid blocked by Israel Monday from entering the Gaza Strip from Egypt, according to Egyptian officials - RIYADH (AFP) 



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