Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip go beyond self-defense, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said at a meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
“The response that is now being observed goes beyond self-defense. This is an unprecedented crisis. We are working hard to de-escalate. If there is a delay in decisions to stop hostilities, even more civilians will suffer,” the Egyptian President said (quoted by RIA Novosti).
October 12, Russian President Vladimir Putin at the summit of CIS leaders in Bishkek statedthat Israel has been subjected to an attack of unprecedented brutality by the Palestinian group Hamas and has a right to protection.
At the same time, according to the Russian President, the creation of an independent Palestine within the framework of the concept of “two states” in the region is also necessary, and also recalled that there is no alternative to a diplomatic solution to the conflict. The editor-in-chief of the magazine “Russia in Global Affairs” Fyodor Lukyanov noted in an interview with Vedomosti that at the current stage real negotiations and mediation are unlikely, since there is no request for this from either side.
On October 7, fighting broke out between Hamas and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) following an attack by Palestinian militants on Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip. Since the conflict began, more than 3,500 people have been confirmed killed on both the Palestinian and Israeli sides. Palestinian militants also abducted Israeli residents and guests en masse; according to Israeli authorities, about 150 people remain hostage.