Ramallah, 7 October 2023 (TDI): In response to the recent military operation; Al-Aqsa Storm launched by the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades in Israel-Palestine, the international community has expressed varying positions.
The official X (formerly Twitter) account of the government of Palestine released a statement in the wake of the latest developments.
While the situation remains fluid and tense, it is evident that most international reactions have shown a leaning towards the position of the Israeli occupation and condemnation of the resistance.
High Representative of the European Union (EU) on foreign, Josep Borrell called for an “immediate cessation of violence in Palestine and Israel,” expressing deep concern over the current events.
While EU Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen unequivocally condemned the attacks carried out by Hamas, emphasizing Israel’s right to self-defense.
Tor Wennesland, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process, condemned the attacks on Israel, urging all parties to exercise maximum restraint and protect civilians to avoid a dangerous escalation.
German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz expressed deep shock at the rocket launches from Gaza, standing firmly with Israel against these acts of violence.
While the German Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock strongly condemned the attacks and emphasized Germany’s unwavering solidarity with Israel.
French President, Emmanuel Macron labeled the attacks on Israel as “terrorist” and expressed full solidarity with the victims and their families.
The French Foreign Ministry condemned the ongoing attacks and reiterated their absolute rejection of terrorism.
British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak on his part expressed shock at the attacks launched by Hamas and affirmed Israel’s absolute right to defend itself.
While British Foreign Secretary, James Cleverly categorically condemned the attacks by Hamas and pledged ongoing support for Israel’s right to self-defense.
Likewise, the Italian government voiced support for Israel’s right to defend itself against the ongoing brutal attacks, echoing the sentiments of other European nations.
Whereas Spain, Netherlands, Greece, Albania, Poland, Czech Republic, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, and India joined the international chorus in condemning the attacks and expressing support for Israel’s right to self-defense.
However, as the situation continues to evolve, international leaders are closely monitoring events in the region, emphasizing the importance of de-escalation and the protection of civilian lives.
Nevertheless, it is pertinent to note that Israel launched air strikes and carpet bombing on Gaza as a response to the Operation Al-Aqsa Flood. Consequently, numerous high-rise and other civilian buildings have been flattened.
Reports of increasing numbers of casualties are also pouring in. Moreover, Israeli air strikes are still underway against the civilians of Gaza.