Politics, Middle East

Hamas hails Russian position on Israel’s Gaza offensive

Putin warns civilian casualties will be ‘absolutely unacceptable’ in case of Israeli ground operation in Gaza

Ahmed Gouda  | 14.10.2023 - Update : 14.10.2023
Hamas hails Russian position on Israel’s Gaza offensive

GAZA CITY, Palestine

Palestinian group Hamas early Saturday hailed Russia’s rejection of an Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip.

“We appreciate Russian President Vladimir Putin’s position on the ongoing aggression against our people and his rejection of the Gaza siege, cutting off relief supplies, and targeting safe civilians there,” Hamas said in a statement.

The group also welcomed Russian efforts “to stop the barbaric and systematic aggression against our Palestinian people in Gaza.”

Putin warned on Friday that civilian casualties will be "absolutely unacceptable" in case of an Israeli ground operation in the Gaza Strip.

The Russian leader blamed the US for the current escalation in the Palestine-Israel conflict and said Washington tried to solve the political problem, namely the creation of a Palestinian state, with the help of certain measures of economic stimulation.

“The United States tried to monopolize the Middle East settlement, but was not concerned about finding compromises, and did not take into account the fundamental interests of the Palestinian people," he said.

Israeli forces launched a sustained and forceful military campaign against the Gaza Strip in response to a military offensive by the Palestinian group Hamas in Israeli territories.

The conflict began last Saturday when Hamas initiated Operation Al-Aqsa Flood -- a multi-pronged surprise attack including a barrage of rocket launches and infiltrations into Israel via land, sea and air.

Hamas said the operation was in retaliation for the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem and Israeli settlers’ growing violence against Palestinians.

The Israeli military then launched Operation Swords of Iron against Hamas targets within the Gaza Strip.

That response has extended into cutting water and electricity supplies to Gaza, further worsening the living conditions in an area that has reeled under a crippling siege since 2007.

More than 3,300 people have been killed since the outbreak of the conflict on Saturday, including 1,900 Palestinians and 1,400 Israelis.

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