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Smoke billows from Israeli air strikes in Gaza City, controlled by the Palestinian Hamas movement. Image Credit: AFP

Cairo: The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has said it will hold an emergency meeting next week to discuss Israeli attacks in the Palestinian territory amid a bombing campaign against the Gaza Strip.

The Jeddah-based organization added that the online open-ended meeting will be held on Sunday at the foreign ministers’ level to discuss the Israeli attacks, particularly in Jerusalem, home to Al Aqsa Mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites.

The meeting will be held at the request of Saudi Arabia, the president of the Islamic summit, the 57-member OIC said.

Dozens of Palestinians were killed this week in Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip as the enclave’s ruling Palestinian Hamas faction fired rockets at Israeli cities in the worst showdown between both sides in years.

The escalation followed clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces in Jerusalem.

Earlier this week, the OIC condemned Israeli attacks against Palestinians in Jerusalem during this past Islamic month of Ramadan, preventing worshippers from getting access to holy sites there, Israeli forces’ storming of the Al Aqsa Mosque compound and eviction of Palestinians from their land.

The grouping also accused Israel of seeking to change the historical and legal status of Jerusalem, warning that this policy would further jeopardise the region and threaten world peace.