Quotes of the day 7th October 2023
"Israel has the right to defend itself.
The UK supports that absolute right, as we always will, and stands with the people of Israel today - because Hamas’ horrific actions cannot be described as anything other than terrorist attacks designed to kill innocent civilians."
Grant Shapps, UK Defence secretary,
"Hamas are not “fighters”.
Hamas are not “militants”.
Hamas are terrorists.
There is no other word to describe the brutality of firing rockets or terrorist attacks targeting civilians."
James Cleverley, UK Foreign Secretary
"I am shocked by this morning's attacks by Hamas terrorists against Israeli citizens.
Israel has an absolute right to defend itself.
We're in contact with Israeli authorities, and British nationals in Israel should follow travel advice."
Rishi Sunak, UK Prime Minister
All were commenting on the Hamas rocket attacks on civilians today. Hamas fired thousands of rockets from Gaza into Israel in a surprise attack. The the death toll in Israel had risen to at least 200 by Saturday evening local time, with hundreds more injured. Israeli media put the death toll higher, at 250. It is also confirmed that Hamas has kidnapped Israeli civilians and are holding them hostage in Gaza.