Saudi Arabia calls emergency Gulf summit on Gaza crisis
Saudi Arabia has invited leaders of six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries to attend an emergency summit in Riyadh on Thursday to discuss the Gaza crisis, official news agency SPA said Wednesday.
An unidentified source at the Foreign Ministry was quoted as saying that Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdel-Aziz called the urgent summit due to "the escalation of recent events resulting from the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people and the circumstances of the Arab nation."
Israel launched massive air strikes against the Gaza Strip on Dec. 27 and ground incursions into the densely populated enclave a week later, Xinhua reported.
So far some 1,010 Palestinians have been killed and 4,600 others wounded in the Gaza offensive which Israel said was aimed to stop Palestinian rocket and mortar attacks against its south, according to Palestinian sources.