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Salman bin Abdulaziz, the ruler of Saudi Arabia, has urgently summoned member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to address the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. The OIC, comprising 57 member states, will convene in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on October 18 and 19. The meeting comes as a response to the recent escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip, where Hamas and Israel have been in conflict.

The OIC, representing the collective voice of the Muslim world, seeks to address the escalating military situation in Gaza, which endangers the lives of civilians and the overall stability of the region. The extraordinary meeting, chaired by Saudi Arabia, is critical in light of recent events, including Hamas's coordinated land, air, and sea incursion into Israel, resulting in the reported death of 1,300 Israelis. Gaza's health ministry reports that Israeli retaliatory strikes have killed at least 1,900 Palestinians, including 614 children and 370 women.

This emergency meeting demonstrates Saudi Arabia's commitment to seeking a resolution to the conflict and promoting peace and stability in the region