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Crown Prince Abdullah visits wounded Palestinians

Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz today

visited the wounded Palestinians who are being treated at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh. On

behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz, he decorated the casualties with

the King Abdulaziz Medal (third class) in recognition of their heroic role in the struggle to restore the

usurped rights of the Palestinian people. Also honored with the medal was a Palestinian father who was

there escorting his injured son. Addressing the Palestinian Ambassador to the Kingdom Mustafa Hashem

Deeb, Crown Prince Abdullah extended the condolences of the government and people of Saudi Arabia to

the people of the Palestinian Authority on their sons' martyrdom.

In a press statement, the Crown Prince attested to the fact that Arab and Palestinian rights would never be

overlooked, and drew the attention of Israel and the other parties involved in the Middle East peace

process of the need to understand what Al-Aqsa Mosque means to the Arabs and Muslims, saying: "They

have to know that there is no compromise on this issue."
In response to a question on how Saudi Arabia would react if Israel ever attacked Syria or Lebanon again,

Crown Prince Abdullah urged Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak to think deeply and consider carefully

before taking any such step, declaring: "Nobody can imagine that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia would

stand by with hands folded and not play its role or do its duty." He added, however, that as the matter is

hypothetical, he would not discuss any specific action.
On the Arab Summit that the Kingdom has agreed to, the Crown Prince said his country supports any

stance taken by Arab leaders in support of the Palestinian people.
Five more wounded Palestinians, victims of Israeli aggression, arrived in Riyadh on Saturday by air from

Al-Arish in Egypt for medical treatment in the Kingdom's hospitals. King Fahd has ordered the airlift of

another 50 patients.