Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Saudi Arabia rejects Israel’s plan to evict Palestinians from Jerusalem

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Saudi Arabia has rejected Israel’s plans and measures to evict dozens of Palestinians from their homes in Jerusalem and impose Israeli sovereignty over them, reported Al Arabiya today.

The Kingdom’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement on Saturday, said it “condemns any unilateral measures, violations of international resolutions, and all actions that undermine the resumption of the peace process aimed at achieving security and stability in the region.”

The ministry also added that Saudi Arabia stands with the Palestinian people and supports all efforts made to reach a just and comprehensive solution that will enable them to establish their own independent state based on the 1967 borders, with east Jerusalem as its capital.

Tensions in Jerusalem have been rising in recent weeks as hundreds of Palestinians protested against Israeli courts’ decision to order the eviction of several Palestinian families from their homes in the Old City, reported Al Arabiya.

More than 160 people were injured when Israeli riot police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades at Palestinians at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Friday night.

The courts ordered that Jewish settlers have a right to the homes owned by the Palestinians.

The European Union issued a statement earlier on Saturday calling the evictions “illegal” and condemning the ongoing violence by Israeli police against unarmed Palestinians. “The situation with regard to the evictions of Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah and other areas of East Jerusalem is also of serious concern,” the EU statement said.

“Such actions are illegal under international humanitarian law and only serve to fuel tensions on the ground.”

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