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Saudi king condemns Gaza conflict, but not Israel

( Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah on Friday, Aug. 1 broke his silence on the Gaza conflict by condemning the conflict and the inaction of the international community. “This [international] community, which has observed silently what is happening in the whole region, was indifferent to what is happening as if what is happening is not its concern,” Abdullah said in a statement on Saudi state-run television. Despite describing the situation in Gaza as “war crimes against humanity,” the Saudi monarch stopped short of calling for action against Israel. The Gaza conflict has highlighted a growing rift in the Arab world, pitting Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia against Turkey and Qatar, who both support the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

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