Israeli Army to evacuate all residents around Gaza in 24 hours
The army announced this Sunday that it will evacuate all Israelis living around the Gaza Strip in the next 24 hours, after deploying tens of thousands of soldiers to combat infiltrated Palestinian militiamen.
"Our mission in these 24 hours is to evacuate all residents living around Gaza," military spokesman Daniel Hagari told reporters, adding that fighting continues to "rescue the hostages" that the Islamists captured in Israeli territory. "There are tens of thousands of soldiers in the area," and "we will kill every terrorist in Israel," he added.
African Union urges end to war between Israel and Gaza
The president of the African Union Commission called for an end to the conflict between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants from the Hamas group that has left hundreds dead since Saturday.
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Moussa Faki Mahamat called on both parties "to return, without any preconditions, to the negotiating table to implement the principle of two States living side by side," in a message on the social network X, formerly known as Twitter. posted on Saturday night by the 55-member block.
Hamas launched a surprise offensive on Saturday against Israel, launching rockets from the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian territory under its control, and infiltrating hundreds of fighters into Israeli territory, where it captured civilians and soldiers.
International condemnation of Hamas attacks
The Israeli army carried out retaliatory airstrikes, which continued throughout the night in the Gaza Strip, from where firing against Israel also continued.
The United States, Europe and numerous countries on Saturday strongly condemned Hamas' attacks against Israel and warned of the risk of a "large regional escalation."
- USA -
President Joe Biden insisted that US support for Israel is "rock solid and unwavering."
The Defense Department said for its part that Washington will give Israel everything it needs.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen condemned the attacks as actions of "terrorism in its most despicable form," and stated that Israel has the "right to defend itself."
- UN -
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres condemned "in the strongest possible terms the attack by Hamas" against Israeli cities and called for avoiding an escalation of the confrontation between Israel and Hamas.
Moscow expressed concern about a "sudden escalation of the situation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict zone."
"We call on the Palestinian and Israeli sides to call for an immediate ceasefire, renounce violence and show the necessary restraint," declared the Russian diplomatic spokesperson.
- China -
On Sunday, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China said it was "deeply concerned" by the "dramatic escalation" and urged all parties to "remain calm, act with restraint, immediately cease fire, protect civilians and avoid further deterioration of the situation".
- Iran -
A military adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei welcomed the offensive against Israel.
"We support this proud operation 'Al-Aqsa Flood' and we are sure that the Resistance Front (movements close to Iran opposed to Israel, NDR) also supports it," said Revolutionary Guard General Yahya Rahim -Safavi, quoted by the Isna agency.
- Qatar -
Qatar's Foreign Ministry stated that it "holds Israel solely responsible for the current escalation due to its continued violations," and called on the international community to "prevent these developments from being used as a pretext to light the flames of a new unequal war against Palestinian civilians".
- Türkiye -
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Israelis and Palestinians to "act reasonably" and "refrain from acting impulsively, which would increase tensions."
- Ukraine -
"Israel's right to defend itself is indisputable," reacted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, whose country is facing an invasion by the Russian army.
"Terrorism is always a crime, not only against a country or specific victims, but against humanity," he added.
In a statement, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry called on "both Palestinians and Israelis to show maximum restraint" and warned against "the grave danger of the ongoing escalation."
- Brazil -
The Brazilian Foreign Ministry condemned in a statement "the series of bombings and ground attacks carried out today in Israel starting from the Gaza Strip."
The country, which holds the presidency of the UN Security Council, called for an "emergency meeting" of the body to discuss the crisis.
- India -
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared himself "deeply moved" by the attack and expressed solidarity with Israel.
French President Emmanuel Macron "strongly condemned the terrorist attacks currently directed against Israel," and expressed his "full solidarity" with the victims. Paris also "reaffirmed its absolute rejection of terrorism and its attachment to Israel's security."
A Palestinian woman rescues items from her home that was damaged during Israeli airstrikes in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, on October 8, 2023. Photograph: AFP.
In a statement published in ".
- United Kingdom -
"Israel has the absolute right to defend itself," said British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. London "will always support Israel's right to defend itself," declared British diplomacy.
- Spain -
Spain expressed its indignation at the "blind violence" of Hamas' "terrorist" attacks against Israel, Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares said.
- Argentina -
Argentine President Alberto Fernández expressed in X his "strong condemnation and repudiation of the brutal terrorist attack perpetrated by Hamas from the Gaza Strip against the State of Israel"
- Peru -
Peru "strongly condemned the terrorist attacks perpetrated by the Hamas group against the State of Israel" and expressed its solidarity "with the Israeli people, the victims and their families."
- Bolivia -
The Bolivian Foreign Ministry released a statement in which it expressed "its deep concern" about the crisis.
"We urgently call for peace, to de-escalate violence, to preserve life and human rights," the note says.
He also criticizes "the inaction of the United Nations and the Security Council
With information from AFP.
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