Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and de facto leader of the kingdom, Mr Mohammed bin Salmantoday condemned the attacks by the Israeli Armed Forces (IDF) on the Gaza Strip.

“We condemn the military assault on the Gaza Strip, the targeting of civilians and the ongoing violations of international humanitarian law by the Israeli occupation forces,” says Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in his first public statement on the war between Israel and Hamas.

He was speaking at the start of a summit with African leaders in Riyadh and ahead of tomorrow’s emergency meeting of the Arab League and Organization of Islamic Cooperation on developments in Gaza.

“We underline the need to end this war and forced displacement, to create the necessary conditions for the restoration of stability and the consolidation of peace,” the Saudi Crown Prince stressed.

The war between Israel and Hamas, which broke out on October 7 following the Palestinian Islamist group’s unprecedented attack on Israeli soil, has sparked international concern over the risk of spreading to the wider Middle East region. At the same time, consultations on the normalization of relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia, which Prince Mohammed bin Salman had assessed in September as “getting closer” were frozen.

For his part, its president African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat condemned today the violence suffered by the Palestinians. “We are calling for effective and practical measures to stop the destruction of Gaza and the slaughter of thousands of its residents, in order to give a strong impetus to finding a political solution” on a two-state basis, he said.

In the final communique of the summit, which concluded today in Riyadh, the participants expressed “deep concern” about the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, called for an end to military operations and urged the international community to put pressure on the Netanyahu government to stop the Israeli attacks and the forced displacement of Palestinians.

Her crown prince of Saudi Arabia he also announced that Riyadh will invest $25 billion in Africa by 2030, nearly double the funds it has invested in the African continent over the past decade.