“A President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, will visit Israel tomorrow, Friday, to express their solidarity with the victims of the Hamas terrorist attacks and to meet with Israeli leaders,” said the community executive in a statement today.
The same source specified that the “visit program will be announced later.”
The Islamist group Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israeli territory on Saturday, called operation “Storm al-Aqsa”, with the launch of thousands of rockets and the incursion of armed militiamen by land, sea and air.
In response to the surprise attack, Israel bombed several Hamas facilities in the Gaza Strip from the air, in an operation called “Iron Swords”.
Israel declared total war and promised to punish Hamas like never before, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declaring he was “at war” with the Palestinian group.
Hamas has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007 and is classified as a “terrorist group” by the European Union (EU), the United States and Israel.
Official data on fatalities from the conflict triggered by the Islamist group on Saturday point to 1,300 deaths in Israel and 1,354 in the Gaza Strip, official sources from both parties indicated today.
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