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Russia says Israeli bombardment of Gaza is against international law


Israel’s bombardment of Gaza runs counter to international law and risks creating a catastrophe that could last decades, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.

Lavrov made the comments, some of Moscow’s most critical of Israel yet, in an interview with the Belarusian state news agency Belta, which released them on Saturday.



“While we condemn terrorism, we categorically disagree that you can respond to terrorism by violating the norms of international humanitarian law, including indiscriminately using force against targets where civilians are known to be present, including hostages that have been taken,” he said.

It was impossible, he added, to destroy Hamas – as Israel has pledged to do – without destroying Gaza along with most of its civilian population.

“If Gaza is destroyed and two million inhabitants are expelled, as some politicians in Israel and abroad propose, this will create a catastrophe for many decades, if not centuries,” warned Lavrov.


“It is necessary to stop, and to announce humanitarian programmes to save the population under blockade.”

As Israel expands its military operation into Gaza, the international community has called for a humanitarian truce to bring aid to civilians.


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