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Russia: Israel’s bombardment of Gaza unlawful

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Russia has shown its strongest reaction to the Israeli regime’s nonstop bombardment of the besieged Gaza Strip by labeling the three-week campaign targeting the civilians in the Palestinian territory “unlawful.”

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in remarks published by the Belarusian state news agency Belta on Saturday that the carnage is against international law and could create a decades-long catastrophe in the region.

Lavrov said Israel has been “indiscriminately using force against targets where civilians are known to be present.”

He warned that Israel’s stated goal of seeking to eradicate the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas would require a total destruction of Gaza, an enclave of over 2.3 million people located on the Mediterranean.

“If Gaza is destroyed and 2 million inhabitants are expelled, as some politicians in Israel and abroad propose, this will create a catastrophe for many decades, if not centuries,” said the Russian foreign minister.

“It is necessary to stop, and to announce humanitarian programs to save the population under blockade.”

Israel’s savagery began on October 7 in response to a Hamas operation in the occupied territories which led to over 1,400 deaths among settlers and regime troops.

Israelis were already angered by Moscow’s decision to host a Hamas delegation in the midst of the conflict in Palestine.

Russian authorities have defended the move while Hamas leaders say they have received a request from Moscow to look for eight people identified by Russia as possibly being among hostages taken by the group’s fighters during the blitz into the occupied territories.

The death toll since the start of the Israeli carnage has reached 7,650 with upwards of 20,500 Palestinians wounded. A staggering 70% of the casualties in Gaza are children, women, and the elderly.

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