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Global Reactions to Hamas Attack and Israeli Response

World leaders have called for restraint in the aftermath of Saturday’s Hamas attack on Israel and the subsequent Israeli retaliation. Here are the international responses:

Pakistan

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar expressed concern over the violence, calling for a two-state solution with a sovereign State of Palestine based on pre-1967 borders.

Arab League

Chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit called for an immediate halt to military operations and criticized Israel’s policies, warning of instability in the region.

Saudi Arabia

The Saudi foreign ministry called for an immediate cessation of violence.

UAE

The UAE urged maximum restraint and an immediate ceasefire to prevent further repercussions.

Kuwait

Kuwait expressed grave concern and blamed Israel for its “blatant attacks.”

Iran

An adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader congratulated Palestinian fighters and pledged support for their cause.

Yemen

Huthi rebels supported the attack and described it as a battle of dignity and defense.

Egypt

Egypt warned of grave consequences and called for maximum restraint.

Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for restraint from all parties.

Qatar

Qatar blamed Israel for the escalation and called for restraint from both sides.

Morocco

Morocco expressed deep concern and condemned attacks against civilians.

United States

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned terrorism and expressed solidarity with Israel. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin pledged support for Israel’s defense.

United Nations

Middle East peace envoy Tor Wennesland urged all parties to step back from the dangerous precipice. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Tuerk emphasized the protection of civilians.

Germany

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz condemned the rocket fire from Gaza and expressed shock.

France

French President Emmanuel Macron strongly condemned the attacks.

Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the terrorist attacks and expressed support for Israel’s right to defend itself.

UK

The UK unequivocally condemned the attacks by Hamas and supported Israel’s right to defend itself.

European Union

EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen and foreign policy chief Josep Borrell condemned the attacks and called for an immediate end to the violence.

Russia: Russia called for restraint and was in contact with all parties involved.

Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned the “terror attack” on Israel and affirmed Israel’s right to defend itself.

Hezbollah

The Lebanese group Hezbollah expressed support for the Palestinian resistance and described the events as a response to Israel’s continued occupation.

Poland

Polish President Andrzej Duda strongly condemned all acts of violence and expressed opposition to rocket attacks and the detention of civilians.

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic President Petr Pavel described the attack as an act of terrorism and warned that it would hinder peaceful solutions to the conflict.

Italy

Italy expressed concern and paid special attention to the security of the Jewish community.

Japan

Japan condemned rocket launches and cross-border attacks by Hamas and other Palestinian groups.

Kenya

Kenya repudiated the attack and called for a peaceful resolution while acknowledging Israel’s right to retaliate.

Hamna

Hamna is a seasoned journalist and a valued contributor to a leading Pakistani news website. With a Master's degree in Journalism from the University of Karachi, she specializes in political analysis and international affairs.

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