In Israel, after the resumption of hostilities by Hamas, 19 Russians were killed, seven more are listed as missing. stated press secretary of the Russian Embassy in Israel Marina Ryazanova in a commentary to TASS.
“According to updated information from the Israeli side, 19 citizens of the Russian Federation, who also had Israeli citizenship, are listed as dead. The consular department of the embassy is in contact with relatives and is clarifying all the circumstances,” she said.
October 17, Russian Ambassador to Israel Anatoly Dmiteriv reported in an interview with RT that one Russian with an Israeli passport was taken hostage by Hamas.
Earlier it was reported about 16 dead and 8 missing Russians. As Russia’s permanent representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya reported on October 18, the actual hostages of the military blockade of Gaza become about 1000 Russian citizens and members of their families. On the morning of October 19, the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation reported about sending 27 tons of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.
On October 7, the Palestinian group Hamas attacked Israel. Amid the militant attack, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched Operation Iron Swords, and the country went into a state of war. According to the latest data, over 3,000 Palestinians and 1,400 Israelis have died as a result of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
On October 17, Al-Ahly Hospital in the Gaza Strip was attacked. The parties to the conflict blamed each other for what happened. According to the IDF, the incident was connected with an unsuccessful rocket launch towards Israel by Islamic Jihad (an organization recognized as terrorist and banned in Russia), also based in Gaza. The attack killed 471 people, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.