Pope Francis calls for an end to violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip

Pope Francis, following his traditional Sunday sermon in St. Peter’s Square, called for an end to violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip, saying war will not solve the problems. About it writes Reuters.

“I am following with concern and sorrow what is happening in Israel. “I express my solidarity with the relatives of the victims and pray for everyone who is enduring the hours of horror and pain,” he said.

The Pope called for an end to attacks and the use of weapons. According to him, it is necessary to understand that “terrorism and war do not bring solutions, but only lead to the death and suffering of many innocent lives.”

“War is a defeat, every war is a defeat. Let us pray for peace in Israel and Palestine,” he said.

On the morning of October 7, the Palestinian group Hamas began shelling the country from the Gaza Strip under its control, calling it the military operation “Al-Aqsa Flood”. The militant attack was a response to Israel’s alleged repeated violations of red lines at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The group’s militants broke into Israeli territory, establishing temporary control over a number of settlements, where they captured hostages from both military and civilians.

The country’s Defense Minister Yoav Galant approved the recruitment of reservists into the army. An operation called “Iron Swords” was announced in the country. Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir declared a state of emergency in the country.

On October 8, Israel officially announced that the country had entered a “state of war.” According to the latest official data, more than 500 Israelis were killed as a result of the militant attack.

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