Saudis Irate Over Israel’s ‘Continuous Genocidal Massacres’

( – On Wednesday, May 29, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabian formally condemned the state of Israel for what they describe as “continuous genocidal massacres” in Palestine following deadly airstrikes in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

The statement came from the Saudi Foreign Ministry, who said they were denouncing Israel using the “strongest terms.” They drew particular attention to the city of Rafah, where they say refugees are being targeted by Israel. The statement went on to say that the Palestinians are suffering an “unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe” at the hands of Israel, suggesting that the reaction from the rest of the world has put the legitimacy and credibility of international institutions at stake. However, despite this, Saudi Arabia has not announced any plans to take in displaced Palestinian refugees.

Before the October 7 attacks on Israel by Hamas, the Biden Administration was attempting to broker a “normalization” deal between Israel and Saudi Arabia. Allegedly, the deal was delayed due to insistence by the Biden Administration that Israel recognize and acknowledge a Palestinian state, which many Israelis are against due to frequent terrorist attacks from Hamas. Ironically, the United States does not yet recognize Palestine as a state. The normalization deal between Israel and Saudi Arabia is allegedly still in progress, with a spokesperson from the US State Department stating in early May that a significant part of the deal could be finalized in the near future.

The Israeli Defense Forces report that the air strikes in Gaza took out two high-ranking Hamas officials and that the fires that raged after the airstrikes were caused shrapnel hitting Hamas munitions in the area. According to Palestinian officials, over 40 refugees were killed in the ensuing fires.

The Foreign Ministry of Saudi Arabia has accused Israel specifically targeting unarmed civilians, calling it a “blatant violation” of international humanitarian laws. Their Foreign Ministry has been significantly harsher towards Israel than the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has been publicly, who has shared his hopes for the normalization deal with Israel to move forward.

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