In response to Israel’s deadly attack on the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rocket fire, the response was mixed. Israel and its allies defended the raids, and those who supported the besieged territory condemned the violence.
Below is the global response to Friday’s deadly air raids on Gaza:
The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, warned that a “dangerous” escalation threatened to create a need for more aid at a time when global resources were strained by other conflicts.
“In the last few hours, at least 10 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli air strikes. I am deeply saddened by reports that a five-year-old child was killed during these strikes. There is no excuse for any attacks against the civilian population, said Wennesland.
“Missile launching must stop immediately and I call on all sides to avoid further escalation.”
John Kirby, the US National Security Council’s strategic communications coordinator, defended the Israeli attack on Gaza and called on both sides to ease the situation.
“We are actively engaged with Israeli-Palestinian regional partners to work towards achieving greater peace after these strikes. And we certainly appeal to all parties to avoid further escalation. We remain steadfast in our commitment to Israel’s security and will continue to work to strengthen all aspects of the US-Israeli partnership. “
“We fully support Israel’s right to defend itself against terrorist groups who are taking the lives of innocent civilians in Israel. As for the two-state solution, we remain committed to the two-state solution. This was one of the president’s key messages on this trip, both to Jerusalem and to Bethlehem. We still want that to happen, but both sides must want it too.
Ankara has “strongly” condemned the Israeli air strikes on Gaza and said it “is unacceptable that civilians, including children, lose their lives in the attacks.”
The Foreign Office in a statement called for “restraint and common sense” after the deadly attacks on the blocked enclave.
“We are deeply concerned about the growing tension in the region after the attacks. We emphasize the need to end these events before they turn into a new spiral of conflict, ”it was written.
Cairo is working to calm the recent escalation in Gaza. “We hope to reach a consensus to get back to peace as soon as possible,” an anonymous security source told AFP news agency. Another source said an Islamic Jihad delegation may travel to Cairo later on Saturday.
Doha-based Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh was in talks with “Egyptian intelligence” about the violence, according to the group’s statement. Egypt, the historic intermediary between Israel and the armed groups in Gaza, negotiated a ceasefire that ended the conflict last May.
Qatar – the main financial sponsor that has spent billions of dollars rebuilding Gaza and supporting its people after the Israeli attacks – has expressed “strong condemnation and condemnation” of the Friday attacks. He stressed “the need for urgent action by the international community to contain [Israeli] multiple attacks of the occupation on civilians, especially women and children ”.
In a statement Friday, the Foreign Ministry reiterated: “The steadfast stance of the State of Qatar on Palestinian justice, the legitimate rights of the Palestinian fraternal people and the establishment of their independent state at the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.”
Amman demanded that Israel “stop its aggression immediately” in the Gaza Strip. Haitham spokesman Abu al-Ful warned of “dangerous” consequences that would “only increase tension and violence and deepen the atmosphere of despair.”
“To solve the Gaza problem and to prevent an escalation of violence, it is about finding a real political horizon by returning to the negotiating table to achieve a just peace on the basis of a two-state solution,” he said.
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid pledged in a television statement to do “whatever it takes to defend our nation.”
“Israel has carried out a targeted counter-terrorist operation against the immediate threat. Our fight is not with the people of Gaza.
“Islamic Jihad is an Iranian plenipotentiary who wants to destroy the State of Israel and kill innocent Israelis. The head of the Islamic Jihad is in Tehran as we speak. We will do everything to defend our people. Israel is not interested in the wider conflict in Gaza, but neither will it avoid it. ‘
Prime Minister Yair Lapid tonight:
“Israel has carried out a targeted counter-terrorist operation against the immediate threat.
Our fight is not with the people of Gaza. https://t.co/N5XU4nru0i pic.twitter.com/zx4wVOmxWe
– Prime Minister of Israel (@IsraeliPM) August 5, 2022
In a statement, Islamic Jihad said, “The enemy has started a war against our people, and we all have a duty to defend ourselves and our people and not let the enemy get away with his actions to weaken national resistance and steadfastness.”
Ghazi Hamad, a high-ranking official of Hamas – the group that rules the Zone – said the latest attack was “a brutal crime, a massacre perpetrated by the Israeli occupation against our people.”
Palestinian factions investigate “the best option for the Palestinian people.”
The Palestinian Authority, which governs the occupied West Bank, condemned “Israel’s aggression in the Gaza Strip and demanded an immediate end”.
“The presidency called on the international community to force Israel to end its aggression against our people around the world, especially in Gaza, and to protect them internationally,” the statement said.