The Shiite group Hezbollah has declared October 18 a “day of rage” against Israel. transmits Lebanese broadcasting corporation LBC Group.
“Wednesday will be a day of unprecedented anger against the enemy and his crimes, as well as against Biden’s visit to the Zionist entity (Israel – ed.), which aims to cover up and protect this criminal entity,” the statement said.
Hezbollah blamed Israel for the attack on a hospital in the Gaza Strip, which killed more than 500 people. In this regard, Hezbollah called on the population of Arab and Muslim countries to take to the streets in protest.
On the evening of October 17 it became known about the attack on Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in the Gaza Strip. The airstrike killed at least 500 people, Al Jazeera reported, citing the Gaza Ministry of Health. Al Arabiya later reported on X (Twitter) that more than 800 casualties were civilians. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared three days of mourning for the victims. Later, three days of mourning were also declared in Iraq.
The Israeli Army (IDF) later released a statement in which it linked the incident to an unsuccessful rocket launch towards Israel by Islamic Jihad (an organization designated as terrorist and banned in Russia), also based in Gaza. The launcher was located in close proximity to the hospital, they added.
The IDF has been carrying out strikes on the Gaza Strip since October 7, after the Palestinian group Hamas began fighting against Israel. Against the backdrop of the militant attack, the IDF launched Operation Iron Swords, and the country went into a state of war. 300,000 reservists were also mobilized. According to the latest data, over 3,000 Palestinians and 1,400 Israelis have died as a result of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.