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Hamas attack: Saddest day in Israel’s history, says deputy head of mission to Ghana

Saturday’s shock attacks by Hamas led to the deadliest day in decades for Israel and come after months of surging violence between Palestinians and Israelis

Aviel Avraham, the deputy head of mission at the embassy of Israel, has said the attack on the country by Hamas is the saddest day in the history of the country.

Speaking with Kwaku Nhyira-Addo on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Monday, Avraham said, “It is very serious. This is one of the saddest days in the history of Israel. So far, about 600 people have been murdered and more than 2400 people have been wounded with dozens of Israelis being kidnapped into the Gaza Strip.”

 He said these figures are just estimates as full data on victims is currently not available.

 The deputy head of mission said Israel is not against the people of Gaza but in a war against a “terrorist organization called Hamas who carried out their barbaric activity within a very populated area of Gaza”.

 He warns that “Hamas will pay a heavy price for attacking Israel”.

 Meanwhile, Ghana has condemned Hamas militants from the Gaza Strip over recent attacks in southern Israel resulting in several deaths and injuries.

 “Ghana unequivocally condemns the attacks and calls on the Hamas leadership to immediately cease the attacks and withdraw its militants from southern Israel,” a statement issued by the Foreign Affairs Ministry on Sunday (8 October) said.

It added: “While Ghana affirms its support for Israel’s right to exist and defend itself, it calls on the Israeli government to exercise restraint in its response to Hamas’ attacks.”

The statement called on the two sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to return to the “negotiation table.”

Throughout Saturday and into Sunday, Hamas launched thousands of rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel – making direct hits on multiple locations inside the country including Tel Aviv – while armed terror groups entered Israel and infiltrated military bases, towns and farms, shooting at civilians and taking hostages.

Israel responded by launching air strikes on what it said were Hamas targets in Gaza, while its forces clashed on the ground with Hamas fighters in villages, army bases and border crossings.

Israeli warplanes continued to pound Gaza on Sunday morning with the Israel Defense Forces saying it had struck 426 targets in Gaza, including 10 towers used by Hamas.

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