Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that Israel’s decision to besiege the entire Gaza region was “unacceptable” and claimed that the entire population of Gaza does not support Hamas.
“Israel is reacting on a large scale and using quite cruel methods. Harsh. Of course, we understand the logic of what is happening, but despite all the fury on both sides, despite all the ruthlessness, we have to think of the civilian population.” ” he said.
President Putin added: “Some say that military and normal military measures can be taken against the Gaza Strip. Similar to the blockade of Leningrad during World War II, we understand where this is going and that is unacceptable there. Two plus million people there and not all they support Hamas.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the escalation between Israel and Gaza during a press conference after the CIS summit in Kyrgyzstan, Russia’s Tass reported.
Putin also went on to mention the Palestinian demand for an independent state, saying that it was promised to them and they have the right to expect it to be fulfilled.
He said: “Palestine has been promised an independent Palestinian state for the capital in East Jerusalem and decisions have been made at the UN level and they have a right to expect that to be fulfilled and there are a lot of people who have nothing. dealing with the current situation.”
Asked whether Russia could play the role of mediator between Israel and Hamas, the Russian president emphasized that his country has good relations with Israel and Palestine and assured support in solving the problem.
He added: “I think Russia can help with that. We have had good relations with Israel for the last 15 years or so. We have good relations with Palestine and no one can suspect us of trying to play an unfair game. Of course, if anyone needs our efforts.”
Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said he had ordered a “total siege” of the Gaza Strip.
“I have ordered a total siege of the Gaza Strip. There will be no electricity, no food, no fuel, everything is closed,” Gallant said.
Meanwhile, in a retaliatory strike against Hamas terrorist attacks in Israel, Israeli soldiers, their tanks, and ammunition have been deployed near the Gaza border as they prepare for a full ground offensive against Hamas.
Footage coming from the Gaza border shows tanks firing shells towards the Gaza Strip. Additionally, soldiers are seen loading artillery shells into howitzers.
In addition, Israeli infantry units are moving closer to the Gaza border in anticipation of a full-scale ground offensive against Hamas.
Israel’s top military spokesman, Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, said the Israel Defense Forces were preparing for the next phase of the ongoing war with Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip and called on Palestinians in the north of the enclave to evacuate, saying Israel was about to “attack with a large force.”
The Israeli army has confirmed that more than 120 civilians are being held captive by the terrorist organization Hamas in Gaza. The Israel Defense Forces said on Saturday that 1,300 people had been killed and over 3,000 injured in terror attacks by Hamas on Israel.
The Israeli Air Force said the IDF continues its efforts to move Gazans to protect them in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli military said the appeal was sent out to Gazans using several different means in an attempt to minimize damage to non-combatants. The IDF said Hamas terrorists are hiding in terror tunnels under houses in Gaza City and civilian buildings.
The Israel Defense Forces said infantry forces and tanks entered the Gaza Strip on Friday in “localized airstrikes” to clear the area of potential terrorists and locate missing Israeli citizens in a likely precursor to a large-scale invasion in response to the Hamas attack, The Times of Israel.
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