In a now-deleted message, the US Office of Palestinian Affairs called on Israelis to “refrain from violence and retaliatory attacks”
- The post said: ‘we urge all parties to refrain from violence and retaliatory attacks.’
- The office was closed despite the post being later deleted
- The account reposted Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s statement
The US Office of Palestinian Affairs called on Israelis to “refrain from violence and retaliatory attacks” after Hammas launched a surprise attack on Israel on Saturday, killing nearly 300 people – and then deleted the post on social media.
“We unequivocally condemn the attack by Hamas terrorists and the loss of life it has caused,” the agency wrote in a social media post.
“We urge all parties to refrain from violence and retaliatory attacks. Terror and violence solve nothing,” it continued on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Even though the post was later deleted, the office was criticized on Saturday.
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The US Office of Palestinian Affairs called on Israelis to “refrain from violence and retaliatory attacks” and then deleted the post
Hammas launched a surprise attack on Israel on Saturday, killing nearly 300 people
At least 1,100 people have been injured in the conflict in Israel alone
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that his country is ‘at war’ with Palestinian militants
Dozens of users slammed the office (photo) and replied under the following message with screenshots of the deleted message
The office later said: “The US Embassy is closely monitoring the security situation resulting from rockets fired from Gaza into southern and central Israel.”
Dozens of users commented under the subsequent post with screenshots of the deleted post asking, “why did you delete this?”
One wrote: ‘You are disgraceful and need to be shut down immediately.’
“Whoever brought this out should be out of a job now,” said another.
The report also posted Secretary Antony Blinken’s post condemning the Palestinian militants’ attack on Israel.
“We unequivocally condemn the abhorrent attacks by Hamas terrorists on Israel. “We stand in solidarity with the government and people of Israel and express our condolences for the Israeli lives lost in these attacks,” the statement said.
Palestinians wave their national flag and celebrate near a destroyed Israeli tank at the Gaza Strip fence east of Khan Younis, southern Saturday, October 7, 2023
Cars on fire after a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on southern Israel on October 7
Palestinians drive an Israeli military jeep through the streets of Gaza during the storming of Israeli settlements by the Ezz Al-Din Al Qassam militia, the military wing of Hamas, October 7, 2023
Hamas claimed to have fired 5,000 rockets into Israel from the occupied Gaza Strip, setting off air raid sirens in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
Early Saturday, Palestinian militants launched a surprise attack on Israel, attacking by land, air and sea.
Hamas, the de facto governing authority of the Gaza Strip, claims to have fired 5,000 rockets into Israel, setting off air raid sirens in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Horrifying new images that emerged this afternoon showed women being marched into vehicles full of male fighters, bloodied and bruised, often with their hands tied behind their backs.
The killing of civilians has drawn widespread condemnation from world leaders and prompted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to say the country is at “war.”