Vermont senator and failed presidential candidate Bernie Sanders voiced his concerns regarding Israel’s actions toward the Gaza Strip, expressing his disapproval of Israel’s decision to cut off essential supplies such as electricity, fuel, food and water to the residents of Gaza.
“The targeting of civilians is a war crime, no matter who does it. Israel’s blanket denial of food, water, and other necessities to Gaza is a serious violation of international law and will do nothing but harm innocent civilians,” Sanders said in a statement.
Earlier this week, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant implemented a “complete siege” on Gaza. This decision came in response to the tragic events over the weekend, where civilians in southern Israel faced fatal attacks and abductions by Hamas terrorist fighters.
“We are fighting against human animals, and we act accordingly,” Gallant stated. “There will be no electricity, no food, no water. No fuel.”
The situation in Gaza has deteriorated rapidly. Israeli forces launched numerous airstrikes, leading to the destruction of buildings and other vital infrastructure. These actions resulted in the loss of hundreds of innocent lives. Medical organization Doctors Without Borders reported on Tuesday that hospitals in Gaza are currently “overwhelmed.” Many residents are desperately searching for safe havens amid the chaos.
Sanders acknowledged the detrimental actions by Hamas, describing them as a “major setback” for any prospects of peace in the region. He emphasized the challenges this poses for “justice for the Palestinian people” and the increased difficulty in addressing the urgent needs of the Gazan population.
“For many, it is no secret that Gaza has been an open-air prison, with millions of people struggling to secure basic necessities,” Sanders remarked. “Hamas terrorism will make it more difficult to address that tragic reality.”
While condemning the actions of Hamas, Sanders urged Israeli forces to exercise restraint. His plea centered on the importance of minimizing civilian casualties during these tumultuous times.
“Right now, the international community must focus on reducing humanitarian suffering and protecting innocent people on both sides of the conflict,” Sanders concluded.
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