Saudi Arabia vows $80mn in medical aid to Palestinians
By Ola Attalah, Tuesday, August 12, 2014
JEDDAH – Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said his country had allocated $80 million for medical aid for the Palestinian people.
"Saudi Arabia sees the Palestinian cause as a top priority," Prince Saud told the opening session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)'s foreign ministerial conference currently convening in Jeddah, according to the country's official news agency.
"Muslim divisions have led to repeated Israeli crimes," he told conference delegates. "Our unity is the only way to deter Israel."
At least 1943 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed – and nearly 10,000 injured – in devastating Israeli attacks on the blockaded Gaza Strip since July 7.
Over the same period, thousands of homes in Gaza have been flattened by unrelenting Israeli bombardments.
Three Israeli civilians have been killed by Palestinian rocket fire since hostilities began early last month, according to official Israeli figures, while at least 64 Israeli soldiers have been killed in battles with Palestinian fighters inside the Gaza Strip.
Palestinian and Israeli negotiators are currently in Cairo for indirect talks aimed at hammering out a permanent ceasefire.
A three-day ceasefire, also brokered by Egypt, is set to expire on Tuesday.
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