Brazil's Lula says war in the Middle East is genocide

Ahram Online , Thursday 26 Oct 2023

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said Wednesday that what is happening in the Middle East is genocide, according to state-run Agencia Brasil.

Brazilian president-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attends an event with representatives of Brazil
Brazilian president-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attends an event with representatives of Brazil s indigenous people during the COP27 climate conference in Egypt s Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh, on November 17, 2022. AFP


“It’s not a war, it’s a genocide that has killed nearly 2 thousand children who have nothing to do with this war, they are victims of this war. And frankly, I don’t know how a human being is capable of war knowing that the result of that war is the death of innocent children,” he declared.

The president attended the installation of the Federation Council at the Planalto presidential palace and spoke briefly because he had an appointment with Qatar’s Emir Tamin bin al Thani to discuss the conflict in the Middle East, the Brazilian Agency News (English version) said.

“I have a phone call [scheduled] with the emir of Qatar to try to find someone who can talk to someone to see if they can release first the Brazilians who are stranded in the Gaza Strip, a few kilometers from the border with Egypt, who want to return to Brazil,” he reported.

Some 30 Brazilian nationals are in the Gaza Strip awaiting rescue, but an impasse has arisen among authorities over the opening of the border with Egypt.

The resident has held talks with the leaders of several countries, including Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Iran, Turkey, France, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates, in a bid to mediate a solution to the conflict.

“What is currently happening in the Middle East is serious, and it's not a question of discussing who is right or who is wrong, who fired the first shot and who fired the second,” he added. Brazil advocates the release of hostages and the creation of a humanitarian corridor to allow aid to be sent to Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip.

On October 7, Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, launched a surprise missile attack on Israel, which bombed Gaza killing more than 6,500 mostly children and women, and imposed a total siege on the territory, cutting off the supply of water, fuel, and electricity.

Approximately 1.4 million people are estimated to have been displaced from their homes in Gaza, becuase of the Israeli attack. 

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