Member States of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to Convene for Critical Talks on Escalating Gaza Crisis
In a significant development, Salman bin Abdulaziz, the ruler of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has initiated an emergency meeting of the member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to address the ongoing and increasingly dire conflict in the Gaza Strip. With a membership spanning 57 states across four continents, the OIC stands as the second-largest international organization after the United Nations and serves as the collective voice of the Muslim world.
The emergency meeting, scheduled for October 18 and 19, is set to take place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and is being convened in response to the intensifying hostilities between Hamas and Israel in the Gaza Strip.
According to an official statement posted on the OIC’s website, the purpose of the extraordinary meeting is to address the alarming military situation in Gaza and its surroundings, as well as the deteriorating conditions that are putting the lives of civilians at risk, all of which have the potential to disrupt the overall security and stability of the region.
“The extraordinary meeting of the Executive Committee of the OIC will take place on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at the General Secretariat headquarters in Jeddah Governorate,” the statement asserts.
The crisis that prompted this urgent gathering dates back to October 7, when Hamas launched a coordinated incursion into Israel, involving land, air, and sea attacks, resulting in the reported loss of 1,300 Israeli lives. In retaliation, Israeli forces conducted strikes that have claimed the lives of at least 1,900 Palestinians, including 614 children and 370 women, according to Gaza’s health ministry.
Nigeria, a member state of the OIC since 1986, is poised to play a crucial role in these pivotal discussions aimed at addressing the pressing issues in the Gaza conflict.
Source: The Cable
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