Jeddah to Host OIC Meeting to Support Palestinians, Ease War Impact

A meeting for Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) foreign ministers in Nouakchott, Mauritania. (OIC)
A meeting for Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) foreign ministers in Nouakchott, Mauritania. (OIC)
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Jeddah to Host OIC Meeting to Support Palestinians, Ease War Impact

A meeting for Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) foreign ministers in Nouakchott, Mauritania. (OIC)
A meeting for Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) foreign ministers in Nouakchott, Mauritania. (OIC)

Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah is set to host the extraordinary meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Executive Committee on Wednesday.

The meeting will discuss the military escalation in Gaza and its surroundings, as well as the deteriorating conditions in the region, which pose threats to civilians, regional security, and stability.

Invitations have been extended to all 57 member countries of OIC, a reliable source informed Asharq Al-Awsat.

The majority of member countries have confirmed the attendance of their foreign ministers.

The meeting is significant, particularly after Saudi Arabia, currently presiding over the Executive Committee of the OIC, decided to make the meeting open to all member states.

This inclusivity extends beyond the members of the Executive Committee, which consists of six countries.

The decision broadens the scope of the Islamic meeting concerning the developments in Gaza, with a keen interest in the expected outcomes that could address the Israeli military escalation against Palestinians.

The meeting is primarily focused on bringing together member states, and invitations have not been extended to international organizations, according to the source.

Experts anticipate that the meeting will result in a communique in support of the Palestinian cause and the right to self-determination, while safeguarding the civilian population from airstrikes.

Additionally, it is expected to address the support mechanism and the reconstruction of Gaza.

Experts also emphasize that the Jeddah meeting will carry significant weight both regionally and internationally, given that Saudi Arabia has extended the invitation and will host the event.

The meeting is part of the Kingdom’s efforts to halt the escalation in Gaza and prevent its spillover into the region.

These efforts involve engaging with all international and regional parties while continuing to stand by the Palestinian people, supporting their legitimate rights, aspirations, and the pursuit of a just and lasting peace.



Saudi Arabia: Unauthorized Hajj Pilgrims Die from Heat Stress after Walking in Scorching Heat 

The authorities exerted great efforts to raise awareness about heat stress and emphasize the need to follow preventive measures. (SPA)
The authorities exerted great efforts to raise awareness about heat stress and emphasize the need to follow preventive measures. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia: Unauthorized Hajj Pilgrims Die from Heat Stress after Walking in Scorching Heat 

The authorities exerted great efforts to raise awareness about heat stress and emphasize the need to follow preventive measures. (SPA)
The authorities exerted great efforts to raise awareness about heat stress and emphasize the need to follow preventive measures. (SPA)

Saudi Arabia stressed on Sunday that it treated several cases of heat stress during this year’s Hajj pilgrimage. Some pilgrims are still receiving care.

A total of 1,301 fatalities from heat stress were reported, with 83 percent of the cases being among pilgrims without permits, announced Minister of Health Fahd Al-Jalajel in televised remarks.

The unauthorized pilgrims walked long distances under the scorching sun, without shelter or comfort, and many among them were elderly and suffering from chronic illnesses, he explained.

Over 1.8 million pilgrims performed the Hajj with complete ease and safety, amid an integrated advanced system of services, he added.

Al-Jalajel highlighted the strenuous efforts carried out by the concerned authorities to ensure that the pilgrims, regardless of their race or nationality, have a smooth journey, which led to the success of the pilgrimage in spite the massive numbers that were present and the various challenges posed by the souring temperatures.

The authorities exerted great efforts to raise awareness about heat stress and emphasize the need to follow preventive measures, he went on to say.

All relatives of the deceased have been contacted and the deceased have been identified – a process which took some time because they did not carry the necessary identification, the minister remarked. They have been buried in the holy city of Makkah and their death certificates have been issued.

Moreover, Al-Jalajel said no diseases or epidemics were reported at the Hajj. The health system provided over 465,000 specialized treatment services, including 141,000 to individuals who did not obtain official authorization to perform the Hajj, he revealed, stressing that the leadership prioritizes human health above all else.

The services offered included open-heart surgeries, cardiac catheterization, dialysis, and emergency care.