Reactions to Israel’s deadly attack on the Gaza Strip and the resulting Palestinian rocket fire have been mixed, with Israel and its allies defending the airstrikes and those supporting the besieged territories condemning the violence.

Below is the world’s reaction to Friday’s deadly Gaza air raid.

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Torr Wensland, UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, said a “dangerous” escalation risks creating a need for more aid when the world’s resources are stretched by other conflicts. I warned you.

“At least 10 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes in the last few hours. cannot be justified,” said Wensland.

“The launch of the rocket must be stopped immediately and we call on all sides to avoid further escalation.”


John Kirby, strategic communications coordinator for the US National Security Council, defended Israel’s attack on Gaza and urged both sides to limit the escalation of the situation.

“We are actively engaging with our regional partners in Israel and Palestine to achieve more peace in the wake of these strikes. We maintain our unwavering commitment to Israel’s security and will continue to work to strengthen all aspects of the U.S.-Israeli partnership.”

“We fully support the right to defend Israel against terrorist groups that are taking the lives of innocent civilians in Israel. This was one of the President’s key messages during his recent visits to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. I have to be.”

Smoke rises following Israeli air raids on buildings in Gaza City on Friday [Hatem Moussa/AP]


Ankara said it “strongly” condemned Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, saying it “is unacceptable that civilians, including children, lose their lives in attacks”.

In a statement, the foreign ministry called for “restraint and common sense” following the deadly attack on the blocked enclave.

“We are deeply concerned about the escalating tensions in the region following the attacks. We stress the need to end these events before they escalate into a new spiral of conflict,” it said.


Cairo is working to defuse the recent escalation in Gaza. “We hope to reach consensus to restore calm as soon as possible,” an anonymous security source told AFP news agency. He said he could head to Cairo later.

Hamas’ Doha-based leader Ismail Haniyeh has held talks with “Egyptian intelligence services” about the violence, the group said in a statement. Egypt is the historic mediator between Israel and Gaza’s militant groups and negotiated a ceasefire last May to end the conflict.


Qatar, a major financial backer that has spent billions on Gaza’s reconstruction and helped people after Israel’s attacks, expressed “strong condemnation and condemnation” of Friday’s attacks. It “underscored the urgent need for the international community to act. [Israeli] Occupation forces have repeatedly attacked civilians, especially women and children. ”

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Amman demanded that Israel “immediately cease its aggression” into the Gaza Strip. Spokesman Haitham Abu Al-Hul warned of “dangerous” consequences that would “increase tension and violence and deepen an environment of despair”.

“The solution to Gaza’s problems and to prevent an escalation of violence is to return to the negotiating table and find true political horizon by achieving a just peace based on a two-state solution.” he said.


Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid promised in a televised statement that he would “do whatever it takes to protect his people.”

“Israel has carried out a precise counterterrorism operation against an imminent threat. Our fight is not against the people of Gaza.

“Islamic Jihad is the agent of Iran, seeking to destroy the State of Israel and kill innocent Israelis. As we speak, the Islamic Jihad leader is in Tehran. We will do whatever it takes to protect our people.Israel has no interest in a wider conflict in Gaza, but neither does it avoid it.”

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In a statement, Islamic Jihad said, “The enemy has launched a war that targets our people. We all have a duty to protect ourselves and our people. We will not allow such actions to escape. Resistance and steadfastness of the nation.”


Gazi Hamad, a senior Hamas official, the group that controls the Strip, said the recent attacks were “a brutal crime and a massacre inflicted upon our people by the Israeli occupation.”

The Palestinian faction seeks “the best option for the Palestinian people”.

Palestinian Authority

The Palestinian authorities that govern the occupied West Bank “condemned the Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip and called for its immediate cessation.”

“The presidency called on the international community to stop Israel from attacking us everywhere, especially in Gaza, and to provide international protection,” the statement said.


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