Saudi Arabia Rejects Targeting of Civilians, Forced Displacement of Palestinians

Saudi Arabia Rejects Targeting of Civilians, Forced Displacement of Palestinians
Abed Khaled

A Saudi delegation, headed by the Kingdom’s Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations Office at Geneva Abdulmohsen bin Majed bin Khothaila, participated in the annual Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons.

Delivering a speech at the meeting, Ambassador Abdulmohsen underscored that the convention is an integral part of the international humanitarian law, which keeps balance between military necessity and humanitarian concerns, and he called on member states to respect and abide by international humanitarian law and the convention.

He also emphasized the importance of the annual compliance reports as tools to build trust, integrity, and cooperation, indicating that the Kingdom is submitting its national reports on a regular basis.

The ambassador cited escalation in Gaza and its surroundings and the increased random attacks against civilians and infrastructure using weapons prohibited under the convention, and he called on the international community to intervene and take a decisive position towards the violations against the brotherly Palestinian people that contradict international law, international humanitarian law, and United Nations conventions, including the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons.

He said that the double standards and selectivity in applying international law and conventions will have negative consequences on international security and peace.

The ambassador also denounced statements by an Israeli minister to drop a nuclear bomb on Gaza, voicing the Kingdom’s rejection of the targeting of civilians and the forced displacement of the Palestinian people.

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