Abbas praises Saudi Arabia’s aid to Palestinian people

Saudi Arabia offered $32 billion for Muslims in 10 years

Lebanon complains to UNSC over Israel’s planted spy devices in its territories

China says ready to renew recognition of Palestinian state

AGFUND's medical assistance for Gaza Strip people reached the Egyptian port of Al-Areesh, the third batch of humanitarian assistance presented by Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz, President of AGFUND to Gazans under the supervision of Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz.

The consignment, partly sent to Gaza Strip, consists of 63 tons of medical equipment, medicine and appliances designated for Gaza hospitals and health care centers.

Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz and Egyptian and Palestinian officials received the shipment at Al-Areesh port.

In a statement to reporters, Prince Turki bin Talal paid tribute to the Saudi companies which welcomed the initiative and participated in the campaign to alleviate the sufferings of Palestinian people.

For his part, Dr. Mid-hat Abbas, Director of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Health of Palestine, expressed thanks to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the assistance it was extending to Palestinian people.

He confirmed that this humanitarian assistance would cover the medical needs in Gaza Strip for no less than four months.

Meanwhile, the First International Conference on the Efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the Service of Islamic Issues was opened last week.

Minister of Higher Education Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Anqari opened the Conference which is organized by the Islamic University in Madina in cooperation with King Abdulaziz Foundation.

Prince Abdulaziz Ibn Majed Ibn Abdulaziz, the Governor of Madinah Province, has stressed the keenness of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince and the Second Deputy Premier, on standing by Muslims in all Islamic countries and supporting them in various areas.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on the occasion of the convention of the 1st World Conference on the Efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the Service of Islamic Issues, organized by the Islamic University in Madinah, the Prince highlighted the Kingdom's support for projects and charitable actions in Muslim countries in various fields, including the establishment of Islamic centers, mosques, schools and hospitals, as well as its assistances to the afflicted people, in addition to the adoption of many important initiatives aimed at stability and development of various Islamic countries.

In Beirut, Lebanon has complained to the United Nations Security Council about two "espionage devices" it claims Israel placed atop two of the country's mountains, the foreign ministry said.

The devices were found on Mount Sannine, northeast of Beirut, and Barouk Mountain, east of the capital, an army spokesman said.

The army said the device on Mount Sannine consisted of visual emission and reception parts. The second device was "more complicated," it added, without elaborating.

"Israel installed two espionage systems in the regions of Barouk and Sannine to receive and transmit communications and to serve as a link between Israeli spy posts on Lebanese territory and the (Israeli) border post of Roueisat al-Alam," said a ministry statement published by state news agency ANI. The statement also accused Israel of having "installed surveillance cameras."

These acts were "a flagrant violation of Lebanese sovereignty, international law and Security Council Resolution 1701," which led to the end of the 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon's militant Shiite party Hezbollah.

And they constituted "aggression against Lebanese territory."

The army said it had been alerted to the existence of the devices by Hezbollah, which has been cooperating closely with army intelligence since the launch of a national crackdown on alleged Israeli spy rings in 2009.

Hezbollah has accused arch-enemy Israel of having infiltrated the country's telecom sector.

On December 3, the Israeli army detonated two of its spy devices in southern Lebanon, slightly injuring two passers-by, after Hezbollah uncovered their location near the coastal city of Tyre.

The incident comes amid high tension in Lebanon over impending indictments by a UN-backed probe into the 2005 assassination of ex-premier Rafiq Hariri.

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is allegedly set to indict high-ranking Hezbollah members for the killing, a move the party has repeatedly warned against.

Hezbollah has accused the STL, which has based its indictments on extensive telecommunications evidence, of being part of a US-Israeli plot.

Meanwhile, the Chinese people firmly support the righteous cause of the Palestinian people striving for national legal rights, an official of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) said.

China maintains that the Palestine issue should be solved in a comprehensive and just way through negotiation that takes as a base related UN resolutions, the land-for-peace principle and the Arab peace proposal, CPAFFC Vice President Jing Dunquan told a reception marking International Day of Solidarity with the Palestine People.

An independent Palestine state with full sovereignty should be established to achieve a peaceful coexistence of Palestine and Israel that maintains regional stability, Jing said.

In 1977, the United Nations set Nov. 29 as International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

The China-Arab Friendship Conference held in Khartoum, Sudan, in 2006 ended with a decision to designate Nov. 29 China-Arab Friendship Day.

Jing said the Libyan capital, Tripoli, successfully hosted the third China-Arab Friendship Conference in October, adding that the fourth conference will be held in China in 2012.

Mirghani Mohamed Salih, dean of the Arab Diplomatic Corps and Sudan's ambassador to China, stressed his support for the Palestinian people's fight for legal national rights.

Mirghani Mohamed Salih also expressed appreciation for China's support for the legal rights of the Palestinian people and peoples from other Arab countries.

Palestinian Ambassador to China Ahmad A.M. Ramadan in his speech thanked the Chinese government and people for their firm backing of the righteous cause of the Palestinian people.

Around 150 people including government officials and diplomats attended the reception.