Global Muslim body condemns Israel attacks on Gaza

Delegates to a foreign-ministerial-level meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation have denounced the latest rounds of Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.

The 57-member body adopted a resolution on Sunday at the virtual extraordinary session called at the request of Saudi Arabia.

The resolution says the organization "condemns in the strongest terms the barbaric attacks launched by Israel, the occupying authority, against the Palestinian people and their land and holy sites."

The resolution says the Israeli assaults constitute a "direct threat to international peace and security." It also demands a "complete and immediate stop" to the attacks.

Last year, four Arab nations -- the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco -- agreed to normalize ties with Israel after mediation by the administration of former US President Donald Trump.

The administration of his successor, Joe Biden, also seems willing to support moves in this direction.

The Palestinian Authority's foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki called for an end to what he described as Israel's colonial occupation policy.

He indicated that the agreements by the four Arab countries to normalize relations with Israel are not helpful in attaining that goal.