May 27, 2024

Moon Desk: Pakistan’s President Dr. Arif Alvi on Sunday criticized Israel for usurping Palestinians’ rights and brutally killing them, as Israel continues to pound Gaza with bombs in response to an unprecedented attack by Hamas fighters a day earlier.

Gunmen from Hamas, which governs Gaza, launched a full-scale military operation into Israeli towns and settlements located along the separation fence with Gaza on Saturday morning. At least 200 Israelis were killed, Israel’s ambulance service said, while 1,100 had been wounded, according to the Israeli health ministry.

Tel Aviv responded by conducting deadly air strikes in Palestine, killing at least 232 people and wounding 1,697 others. While Hamas said its operation against Israel was in response to the desecration of Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli authorities and their high-handedness against the Palestinians, media reports said Israeli forces were still bombing Gaza and fighting with Hamas gunmen in parts of southern Israel in the early hours of Sunday.

“Progress toward peace cannot materialize without condemnation of usurpation & brutalization of Palestinian rights & people by Israel,” Alvi wrote on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.

Alvi said the time had come for the world to move in line with UN resolutions to solve the crisis. “International community can play a big role today toward world peace,” he wrote.

On Saturday, Pakistan said it was closely monitoring the evolving situation in the Middle East and voiced concerns over the rising death toll in Gaza.

Pakistan has consistently advocated for a two-state solution for durable peace in the Middle East, with a just, comprehensive, and lasting solution to the Palestinian question anchored in international law and in line with relevant United Nations and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) resolutions.

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