Salman bin Abdulaziz, the King of Saudi Arabia, has summoned an emergency gathering of member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC),Daily Trust reports.
The OIC, comprising 57 member states spanning four continents, is the second-largest international organization following the United Nations and serves as the unified voice of the Muslim world.
As per a statement released on the OIC’s official website, the emergency meeting is scheduled for October 18 and 19 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The primary purpose of this emergency meeting is to address the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip involving Hamas and Israel.
“The Organization’s Executive Committee is convening an urgent open-ended extraordinary meeting at the ministerial level, under the invitation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which currently chairs the Islamic Summit and the Executive Committee of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The meeting will focus on the escalating military situation in Gaza and its surrounding areas, along with the deteriorating conditions that pose a threat to the lives of civilians and the overall security and stability of the region,” the statement explains.
This extraordinary session of the OIC’s Executive Committee will take place on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at the General Secretariat headquarters in Jeddah Governorate.
Additionally, it’s worth noting that on October 7, Hamas conducted a coordinated land, air, and sea incursion into Israel, resulting in the reported loss of 1,300 Israeli lives. According to Gaza’s health ministry, Israeli retaliatory strikes have led to the deaths of at least 1,900 Palestinians, including 614 children and 370 women.