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Szijjarto: Hungary condemns terrorist attack on Israel

Hungary condemns the terrorist attack on Israel early Saturday, Peter Szijjarto, the foreign minister, said in a post on Facebook.
8. October 2023 1:46

“Hungary condemns this brutal terrorist attack in the strongest of terms, acknowledges Israel’s right to self-defence and expresses the country’s sincerest condolences to the Israeli government and the Israeli people for their losses,” Szijjarto said.

He said the Hungarian embassy staff in Tel Aviv were safe and staying in contact. Diplomatic staff are reaching out to Hungarian nationals registered for consular protection in Israel, the foreign minister added.

In a later post, Szijjarto said eleven Hungarian nationals, mostly children, were in the Gaza Strip. Contact has been established with all of their families, he added. They are well, given the circumstances, and plan on leaving the area depending on developments, he said.

In another post, Szijjarto said he had spoken with his Israeli counterpart, Eli Cohen, by phone.

“I expressed our sympathy for the victims who have died and ensured my colleague that Hungary stands by Israel in these difficult hours,” he said.

He expressed hope that an escalation of the situation could be avoided and warned that a wave of violence in the Middle East could have “drastic consequences” for global security.

President: Hungary affirms its unwavering support

President Katalin Novak condemned the attack against Israel. “I strongly condemn the attacks against Israel that claim human lives. Hungary affirms its unwavering support for Israel. My thoughts and prayers with [Israeli President] Isaac Herzog and the Jewish people in these difficult times,” Novak said in a post on the social media platform X.

According to the latest reports from the Magen David Adom, Israel’s national emergency ambulance service, at least 200 Israelis have died, while hospitals report several hundred injured.

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