Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken out again about the Hamas-Israel war. He stated that Israel has taken some of the ‘original Palestinian land,’ particularly through ‘the use of military force.’
He emphasized this during a speech at the Russia Energy Week forum in Moscow, as reported by Anadolu on Friday, October 13, 2023. Putin said that the Palestine issue is “in the hearts of everyone who follows Islam, and they see it all as a manifestation of injustice, reaching unimaginable levels.”
“The Palestine issue is at the core of everyone in this region,” he stressed.
“Yes, I believe that in the hearts of everyone who embraces Islam… Everything that happens – not only now but for several decades – is seen as a manifestation of Palestine. Injustice has reached unimaginable levels,” he said.
He stated that the initial idea was to establish two independent sovereign states, Israel and Palestine. However, the decision emerged due to reality, and this was only partially implemented.
“Furthermore, some of the land that Palestinians have long considered as the original property of Palestine has been taken over by Israel. At different times and in different ways, but mostly, of course,” Putin added.
Previously, the conflict between Hamas and Israel erupted on Saturday. Hamas initiated a multi-pronged attack around 6:30 AM local time with thousands of rockets targeting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, with some bypassing the Iron Dome defense system and hitting buildings.
Gunfire continued into the night between Israeli forces and hundreds of Hamas militants at at least 22 locations in Israel. The situation began to descend into chaos as many civilians were caught up in the crossfire.
Hamas had previously released images of several captured Israeli citizens. Israeli Military Spokesperson Daniel Hagari confirmed that “there are soldiers and civilians who have been abducted.”
Hamas spokesperson Khaled Qadomi told Al Jazeera that the group conducted its military operation in response to the injustices faced by Palestinians over the decades. Additionally, Israel was known to have carried out multiple attacks in the Al-Aqsa Mosque area, a sacred place for Muslims.
“We want the international community to stop the injustices in Gaza against the Palestinian people, our sacred places like Al-Aqsa. All of this is the reason behind the start of this battle,” he said.
Israel responded with airstrikes. The country even imposed blockades on food, water, and fuel in Gaza, prompting warnings from the UN and various agencies.
Meanwhile, citing CNN International, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Russia’s Middle East envoy Mikhail Bogdanov called for an “immediate cessation of hostilities.” He urged the resumption of food and medicine deliveries to Gaza. +!+!+!+!
His statement was made during a phone conversation with the Secretary-General of the Executive Committee of the PLO’s Fatah faction, Hussein al-Sheikh. Both parties described the “indiscriminate bombings” resulting in numerous civilian casualties as “unacceptable.”
Emphasis was placed on preventing the exodus of people from the Gaza Strip, which should be part of an independent Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, with its capital in East Jerusalem.
The humanitarian crisis in Gaza worsened on Thursday amid warnings that its population is at risk of starvation. To date, 338,000 people have been displaced.