“I am shocked and appalled at reports this morning that hundreds, possibly thousands, of indiscriminate rockets have been fired by Palestinian armed groups towards Israel, and that at least 22 Israelis have been killed and hundreds injured. I am also deeply concerned at reports that Israeli civilians have been taken hostage,” Turk mentioned in an announcement.
He added, “This attack is having a horrific impact on Israeli civilians. Civilians must never be the target of attack. I note also that Israeli forces have responded with air strikes into the densely populated Gaza Strip, reportedly killing at least five people. I call on them to take all precautions to avoid civilian casualties there”.
Meanwhile, Dennis Francis, the President of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly has additionally condemned the assault and expressed condolences to the bereaved households.”I strongly condemn the assault by Hamas militants in opposition to Israel, which killed & injured lots of of harmless civilians. My deepest condolences to the households & family members of the victims. I urge all events to chorus from additional violence & to search a right away path to peace,” Francis posted on X (previously Twitter).
According to the most recent updates, at the least 100 individuals have been killed and over 900 persons are injured, The Times of Israel reported, in accordance to The Times of Israel.The UN High Commissioner additional appealed all sides and key international locations in the area to de-escalate and keep away from additional bloodshed.
“I call for an immediate stop to the violence, and appeal to all sides and key countries in the region to de-escalate to avoid further bloodshed,” he acknowledged.Earlier in the day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a strongly worded response, pressured that the nation’s focus is on restoring safety and to actual an “immense price from the enemy”.
Addressing the Security Cabinet assembly in Israel, Netanyahu additional referred to as on the residents to unite for “victory” in the battle. “Since this morning, the State of Israel has been at war. Our first objective is to clear out the hostile forces that infiltrated our territory and restore security and quiet to the communities that have been attacked. The second objective, at the same time, is to exact an immense price from the enemy, within the Gaza Strip as well. The third objective is to reinforce other fronts so that nobody should mistakenly join this war,” Netanyahu mentioned on the assembly.
He added, “We are at war. In war, one needs to be level-headed. I call on all citizens of Israel to unite in order to achieve our highest goal, victory in the war”. Israel has already declared a state of battle in the nation after infiltration by Hamas fighters and missile assaults from Gaza. The Israel Defence Forces launched operation ‘Iron Swords’ in response to Hamas’s shock assault on Israel, the Times of Israel reported. IDF is hanging Hamas targets in Gaza.