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The world in shock after Hamas attacks on Israel


Countries around the world have condemned a wave of Palestinian land, sea and air attacks that the Israeli military says have left more than 200 people dead.

They accused fighters from the Palestinian militant group Hamas of breaking into homes and “massacring civilians.”

“We are at war,” declared Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, promising severe reprisals after this surprise attack.

Here’s an overview of the reactions:


President Joe Biden said U.S. support for Israel was “strong and unwavering.”

“The United States stands with Israel,” Biden said in a televised statement at the White House, accompanied by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

“We will never fail to support them. »

A White House official said negotiations with Israel over military aid were “on track.”


A senior adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, expressed support for the attack, calling it a “proud operation.”

“We support this operation,” said Yahya Rahim Safavi, quoted by the ISNA news agency.

Safavi expressed support for Palestinian activists “until the liberation of Palestine and Jerusalem.”

During a parliamentary session on Saturday, Iranian lawmakers chanted “Down with Israel,” “Down with America” and “Welcome to Palestine,” according to a video published by the Tasnim news agency.

Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Foreign Ministry said: “The Kingdom calls for an immediate end to the escalation between the two sides, protection of civilians and self-control.”

“The Kingdom is reminded of its repeated warnings of the dangers of an explosive situation resulting from the continued occupation and deprivation of the Palestinian people of their legitimate rights,” the statement added.


UN human rights chief Volker Turk said: “I call for an immediate end to the violence and call on all parties and key countries in the region to de-escalate the situation to avoid further bloodshed. »

He said he was “deeply concerned by reports that Israeli civilians had been taken hostage.”


EU chief Ursula von der Leyen said: “I unequivocally condemn the attack carried out by Hamas terrorists against Israel. »

“This is terrorism in its most vile form. Israel has the right to defend itself against such heinous attacks,” she said.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said “this horrible violence must stop immediately”. Terrorism and violence solve nothing. The EU expresses its solidarity with Israel in these difficult times.”

He added: “The news of civilians being held hostage at home or in Gaza is appalling. This is contrary to international law. The hostages must be released immediately.”


Brazil, which holds the presidency of the UN Security Council, condemned the attacks against Israel.

A Foreign Ministry statement urged “all parties to exercise maximum restraint in order to avoid an escalation of the situation.”

Shortly after, he announced that he would convene an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on the crisis. The council announced it would meet on Sunday.


The Russian Foreign Ministry called for an “immediate ceasefire.”

“We call on the Palestinian and Israeli sides to immediately cease fire, renounce violence, exercise necessary restraint and, with the assistance of the international community, establish a negotiation process aimed at establishing a comprehensive peace , sustainable and long-awaited,” the ministry said. said spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, whose country is fending off a Russian invasion, said Israel had an “indisputable” right to defend itself.

“Terrorism is always a crime, not only against a country or specific victims, but against humanity as a whole,” he said.


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Israel and the Palestinians to avoid further escalation.

“We call on all parties to act reasonably and avoid impulsive measures that increase tensions,” said Erdogan, who strongly supports the Palestinian cause.


France expressed “its full solidarity with Israel and its victims” and underlined “its absolute rejection of terrorism and its commitment to Israel’s security”.

President Emmanuel Macron said he “strongly condemns” the attacks.


German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said Israel “enjoys our full solidarity” and “the right, guaranteed by international law, to defend itself against terrorism.”


British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he was “shocked” by the attacks.

“Israel has the absolute right to defend itself,” he said.

He went further in a later article on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“As the barbarity of today’s atrocities becomes clearer, we unequivocally stand with Israel,” he wrote.

“This Hamas attack is cowardly and depraved. »

South Africa

The South African Department of Foreign Affairs has expressed “grave concern at the recent devastating escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”.

“The region desperately needs a credible peace process that responds to the calls in a plethora of previous UN resolutions for a two-state solution and a just and comprehensive peace between Israel and Palestine », adds the text.


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his country stood “in solidarity with Israel in this difficult hour”.

“Deeply shocked by the news of terrorist attacks in Israel,” Modi said.


In Yemen, Houthi rebels who control the capital Sanaa have expressed support for the “heroic jihadist operation”.

In a statement published on the website of the Houthi-controlled SABA news agency, the Iran-aligned militant group said the attack “revealed the weakness, fragility and helplessness” of Israel.

He adds that this operation “is a battle of dignity, pride and defense”.



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