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Saudi Arabia raps Israel over Gaza deaths, mum on embassy move

Saudi Arabia condemns Israel over the deaths of 52 Palestinians during violent clashes at the Gaza border, without mentioning the inauguration of the US Embassy in Jerusalem.

“Saudi Arabia strongly condemns the Israeli occupation forces’ gunfire against unarmed Palestinian civilians which has left dozens of dead and wounded,” a Saudi foreign ministry spokesperson says.

The spokesperson, quoted by the kingdom’s official SPA press agency, calls on the international community to “take responsibility and put an end to the violence against the Palestinians,” noting Riyadh’s support for the “rights of the Palestinian people.”

The spokesperson does not mention the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, which also took place on Monday.

Saudi Arabia and Israel have no formal diplomatic relations, but their ties have improved recently as the two close ranks with the US against their shared enemy — Iran.

AFP, Times of Israel staff

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