More and more countries condemned Saturday’s attacks on Israel by Palestinian Hamas. The statements call for “an immediate end to violence against innocent civilians.”
Israel can count on our full support, he announced the president of the United States of America Joe Biden in conversation with the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, which took place following the Palestinian attack on Israel, Reuters reported. It also quotes US Secretary of State Antony Blinken as saying he unequivocally condemns Hamas’ “horrific attacks” on Israel and that the US stands in solidarity with the government and people of Israel and fully supports its right to self-defense.
The Pentagon also assured its willingness to provide Israel with all assistance. “The United States will try to provide Israel with everything it needs to defend itself,” said the US defense minister, quoted by Reuters. Lloyd Austin.
Warning of the “chasm”
UN Middle East envoy Tor Wennesland warned of a “dangerous abyss” and called on the conflicting parties to “pull back.”
“I strongly condemn the multi-front attack on Israeli cities near Gaza and the rocket fire on central Israel by Hamas militants. These are heinous attacks against the civilian population and must be stopped immediately,” he wrote on the X platform (formerly Twitter).
UN Chief for human rights Volker Tuerk declared that “the Palestinian attack has had a terrifying impact on Israeli civilians.” “Civilians must never be targeted,” he added in a statement.
The European Union’s reaction
“We are following the news from Israel with concern. We unequivocally condemn the Hamas attacks. This terrible violence must be put to an immediate end. Terrorism and violence solve nothing,” he said. Josep Borrell on the X platform (formerly Twitter).
“The European Union expresses its solidarity with Israel in these difficult times,” added the head of EU diplomacy.
“I unequivocally condemn the attack carried out by Hamas terrorists on Israel. It is terrorism in its most vile form. Israel has the right to defend itself against such heinous attacks,” said the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
Reactions in Paris and Berlin
“I express my full solidarity with the victims, their families and loved ones,” wrote President Emmanuel Macron on the X social media platform.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock announced that she “strongly condemned the surprise attack on Israel by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas.” She called for “an immediate end to violence against innocent civilians.”
“We stand in full solidarity with Israel and its right under international law to defend itself against terrorism,” Baerbock added in a post on the X platform.
“I am shocked by today’s brutal attacks by Hamas on Israel. Rocket attacks and holding civilians hostage arouse our deepest opposition. Poland firmly condemns all acts of violence. I would like to express my deepest sympathy and condolences to all those affected by the attacks,” wrote President Andrzej Duda on the X platform.
“I firmly condemn the ongoing Hamas attacks on Israel,” Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau reacted to Saturday’s events. “This baseless aggression and acts of violence, especially against civilians, are unacceptable,” wrote the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs on Platform X.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by these terrible events,” Rau added.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Łukasz Jasina emphasized that “nothing justifies terrorist attacks on civilians.”
The Polish embassy in Tel Aviv also condemned the rocket attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip. The facility recalled the rules of conduct in the event of shelling and advised against traveling to border areas.
“War against the State of Israel”
The Palestinian group Hamas has launched a “war against the State of Israel,” Israeli Defense Minister Joaw Galant announced on Saturday, after a massive morning rocket attack on Israel from the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian enclave controlled by Hamas.
– Hamas made a serious mistake this morning by starting a war against the State of Israel (…), Israeli soldiers are fighting the enemy everywhere – Galant emphasized.
A spokesman for the Israeli Ministry of Defense announced that the minister had agreed to appoint reservists.
He also reported that the Palestinians fired 2,500 rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip on Saturday.
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