The Secretary General of the Co-operation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf , Abdelrahman El’atiya, condemned Sunday the latest Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, which have resulted in deaths and injuries.

A press release issued by El’atiya described the frequent Israeli army attacks on Gaza, including the recent incursion into Jabalya in northern Gaza, and the firing of missiles as ‘counterproductive’ to all current efforts to establish a Palestinian-Israeli ceasefire agreement.

The statement read that such actions would derail the peace process, and called upon the international community to move swiftly to bring the Israeli attacks to a halt and ensure a better atmosphere for the sake of peace and stability in the Middle East.

El’atiya’s statement reiterated the international legitimacy’s resolutions as the basis for potential peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Last week the Israeli army stepped up attacks on the northern Gaza Strip for the first time since a ceasefire deal was reached last November between Israel and the Palestinians.

The attacks caused the death of two Palestinians, said to be resistance fighters, and injured a number of others. In their summit meeting in March, 23 Arab states re-endorsed a peace initiative, first drafted in 2002, which calls for complete Israeli withdrawal from the occupied Arab territories in return for normal Arab-Israeli ties.

The Co-operation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, made up of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait, was established in 1981.