Saudi-Palestinian Summit to Confirm Rejection of US Decision

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Reuters
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Reuters
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Saudi-Palestinian Summit to Confirm Rejection of US Decision

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Reuters
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Reuters

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is due to meet Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman today and assure the rejection of the US decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem and recognize it as the capital of Israel.

The visit also comes as a verification of the Saudi preliminary stance on the Palestinian cause and Jerusalem and rejection of all these changes.

Ambassador of Palestine to Saudi Arabia Bassem Abdullah al-Agha affirmed in a phone call with Asharq Al-Awsat that President Abbas's visit is an affirmation of the Saudi commitment to the Palestinian cause and Jerusalem, which will be the main focus of the Saudi-Palestinian summit talks in Riyadh today.

“The US decision on Jerusalem made a fuss although King Salman advised, alerted and warned the US side of announcing this,” Agha said, adding that Trump has killed the peace process and violated UN resolutions and directions.

Agha pointed out that the Palestinian people are acting against the decision, dictating their conscience, patriotism, Islamism and Arabism, explaining that some "described this move as a Palestinian revolution, but it is actually the world’s revolution against Trump and his Israeli counterpart Netanyahu."

“We wanted peace, but Trump and Netanyahu don’t,” Agha said. Amidst that, the Saudi positions are “preliminary and principled as Jerusalem is the heartbeat of King Salman and his Crown Prince.”
We have seen over the years Saudi Arabia's positions in the UN, UNESCO, Geneva and all international institutions, and the Kingdom's stances have always been with Palestine and Jerusalem.

The Kingdom considers the Palestinian cause an internal and external issue at the core of its policy as it has never stopped protecting the Palestinian people and cause from enemies.

The Palestinian-Saudi relations will never change, Agha said, pointing out that Saudi Arabia has never stopped supporting Palestine politically and financially.



Food Piles Up at Gaza Crossing as Aid Agencies Say Unable to Work

Humanitarian aid for Gaza has piled up at a crucial border crossing - AFP
Humanitarian aid for Gaza has piled up at a crucial border crossing - AFP
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Food Piles Up at Gaza Crossing as Aid Agencies Say Unable to Work

Humanitarian aid for Gaza has piled up at a crucial border crossing - AFP
Humanitarian aid for Gaza has piled up at a crucial border crossing - AFP

Days after Israel announced a daily pause in fighting on a key route to allow more aid into Gaza, chaos in the besieged Palestinian territory has left vital supplies piled up and undistributed in the searing summer heat, AFP reported.

More than eight months of war, sparked by Hamas's unprecedented October 7 attack on Israel, have led to dire humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip and repeated UN warnings of famine.

Desperation among Gaza's 2.4 million population has increased as fighting rages, sparking warnings from agencies that they are unable to deliver aid.

Israel says it has let supplies in and called on agencies to step up deliveries.

"The breakdown of public order and safety is increasingly endangering humanitarian workers and operations in Gaza," the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA, said in a briefing late Friday.

"Alongside the fighting, criminal activities and the risk of theft and robbery has effectively prevented humanitarian access to critical locations."

But Israel says it has allowed hundreds of trucks of aid into southern Gaza, trading blame with the United Nations over why the aid is stacking up.

It shared aerial footage of containers lined up on the Gazan side of the Kerem Shalom crossing and more trucks arriving to add to the stockpile.

With civil order breaking down in Gaza, the UN says it has been unable to pick up any supplies from Kerem Shalom since Tuesday, leaving crucial aid in limbo.

A deputy UN spokesman this week said the crossing "is operating with limited functionality, including because of fighting in the area".

William Schomburg, International Committee of the Red Cross chief in Rafah, said arranging lorries from the Egyptian side in particular was complicated.

"It's not just a question of civil order, but also the fact that you often have to cross battlefields," he said in an online briefing, adding that the area near Kerem Shalom had been hostile.

"There were even rockets fired nearby. So this whole area is particularly complicated to navigate for reasons linked to the hostilities and for reasons linked to general security."

Israel's coordinator for civilian affairs in the Palestinian territories, known as COGAT, said Thursday "the content of 1,200 aid trucks awaits collection by UN aid agencies", saying a lack of distribution was responsible.

Earlier in the week, COGAT spokesman Shimon Freedman told reporters at the crossing the daily pause on a southern road into Gaza was designed to allow the UN "to collect and distribute more aid" alongside an Israeli military presence.

He said most of the aid had not moved because "organizations have not taken sufficient steps to improve their distribution capacity".

Aid agencies have instead pointed to Israel's offensive on the southern city of Rafah, which pushed out more than a million people and closed a border crossing with Egypt, as a deepening humanitarian crisis hampered relief efforts.

Schomburg described Rafah City as a "ghost town".

"It is a ghost town in the sense that you see very few people, high levels of destruction, and really just another symbol of the unfolding tragedy that has become Gaza over the last nine months," he said.

The UN food agency has said its aid convoys have been looted inside Gaza by "desperate people".

As both sides stall, it is the civilians in Gaza who are paying the price.

"We don't see any aid. Everything we get to eat comes from our own money and it's all very expensive," said Umm Mohammad Zamlat, 66, from northern Gaza but now living in Khan Yunis in the south.

"Even agencies specialized in aid deliveries are not able to provide anything to us," she added.