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Smoke plumes billow during ongoing battles in the Sultan neighbourhood in the northwest of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Image Credit: AFP

Geneva: The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has strongly condemned the ongoing Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip and expressed its support for the Palestinian people.

In a joint statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem and Israel, the GCC called for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Gaza, allowing the entry of humanitarian aid.

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The council also rejected any justifications for the continued aggression against the Palestinian people.

The GCC expressed regret over the findings of the International Commission of Inquiry report and held Israel fully responsible in front of the international community.

Qatar's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva, Dr. Hend Abdalrahman Al Muftah, speaking on behalf of the GCC, emphasised the Israeli occupation's ongoing violations and attacks against innocent civilians, resulting in the deaths of 38,000 people in the Gaza Strip. These actions were described as clear violations of international law and international humanitarian law.

Dr. Al Muftah expressed disappointment that the committee's report seems to equate the victim, the Palestinian people, with the perpetrator, the occupying power, which has been committing acts of genocide and violating the rights of Palestinians for over 75 years with disregard for international laws.