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Saudi Arabia warns of regional catastrophe if Israel launches Gaza operation, NYT

Saudi Arabia warns of regional catastrophe if Israel launches Gaza operation, NYT Illustrative photo (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

Recent days have seen Saudi Arabia's officials firmly warning the United States that Israel's ground operation in the Gaza Strip could spell catastrophe for the Middle East, according to The New York Times.

In recent days, officials from Saudi Arabia have repeatedly issued this warning to high-ranking American officials.

One of the employees of the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden mentions that the Saudis evidently do not want an Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip. Saudi officials also conveyed their warning about a ground operation to American lawmakers.

Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee was one of the ten senators who met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler of the kingdom, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia last weekend.

"The Saudi leadership was hopeful that a ground operation could be avoided for reasons of stability as well as the loss of life," said Blumenthal.

Israel's war

On October 7th, Hamas militants launched an incursion into Israeli territory, conducting a large-scale attack where they shot and kidnapped civilians. Terrorists shared videos of their atrocities on social media.

In response, Israel initiated a military operation against Hamas called Operation Swords of Iron. The IDF managed to remove the militants from the country. The next stage might involve a ground operation in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli Defense Forces have already carried out raids into the Gaza Strip, where they eliminated a group of terrorists. However, the IDF has not yet entered deep into Gaza's territory.