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Russian minister’s phone call to Hamas, calls for hostage release

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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov called the high command of the Palestinian independence group Hamas to release the hostages. The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that he made the phone call on Monday.

Citing the statement of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Reuters reported that Bogdanov also spoke to the leaders of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), the Palestinian Democratic Union, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

During the phone conversation, the Deputy Foreign Minister expressed Russia’s strong position in favor of a ceasefire, according to the statement of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov also called on the leaders of Hamas and other Palestinian political parties and coalitions to unite in forming an independent Palestinian state as proposed by the PLO.

During a phone conversation with the Palestinian leaders, the Deputy Foreign Minister said that the attack on Israel by Hamas on October 7 is highly condemnable. But Israel’s indiscriminate attack on Gaza in response to that attack, killing thousands of innocent Palestinian women, men and children, is absolutely unacceptable.

Meanwhile, international aid organizations say that public order is collapsing as the number of starving people in Gaza increases. This increases the fear of people moving to Egypt in groups. “Half of Gaza’s population is starving,” said Carl Schau, chief executive officer of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). 9 out of 10 people are not getting food every day.’

UN officials say 1.9 million people have been displaced in Gaza, 85 percent of the population. They described the situation in southern areas as hellish.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Sunday that he believes public order will collapse completely very soon. And then a worse situation could arise, with disease spreading in the form of epidemics and increasing pressure on people to flee Egypt en masse.

About 18,000 Palestinians have been killed and 49,500 injured in Israeli bombardment since October 7. Since the beginning of the war, Hamas attacks have killed approximately 1,200 people in Israel.



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