RT reported that the emergency BRICS summit was held online. The Kremlin said BRICS leaders would discuss the escalating war between Israel and Hamas forces.
Earlier on November 20, the Office of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the president would chair an extraordinary general meeting on the situation in Gaza. South Africa currently chairs the BRICS group, which includes Russia, China, Brazil and India.
In addition to official BRICS members, leaders of Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were also invited to participate in the event.
A statement from the Office of the President of South Africa said that both participants will comment on “the current humanitarian crisis in Gaza”. The leaders are then expected to adopt a joint statement on the issue. According to the statement, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres will also participate in the meeting.
Israel has been conducting a major military operation in Gaza for more than a month now. This move was in response to a surprise attack by Hamas, which killed about 1,200 Israelis, mostly civilians. More than 200 people were also held hostage by Hamas.
Israel retaliated with a massive bombing campaign against Gaza, followed by a ground operation. According to the Ministry of Health in Gaza, the death toll related to Israeli attacks in this enclave has exceeded 11,000 people.
Russia has repeatedly called for a quick ceasefire in Gaza. Earlier this week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told RT that the only way to end Israel-Hamas violence is through the UN-backed two-state solution framework, which requires real efforts from all. parties to perform.