French striker Benzema shows his support for Gaza

Veteran French striker Karim Benzema showed his support for Palestinians in Gaza with a post on the social media platform X on Sunday.

“All our prayers for the inhabitants of Gaza who are once again victims of these unjust bombings which spare no women or children,” wrote the 35-year-old.

Benzema, who won the 2022 men’s Ballon d’Or award, joined Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad after leaving Real Madrid in June.

Hamas’s armed wing, the Qassam Brigades, launched a comprehensive attack on Israel on Oct. 7 called Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, a multi-pronged surprise attack including a barrage of rocket launches and infiltrations into Israel via land, sea, and air.

Hamas said the operation was in retaliation for the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem and Israeli settlers’ growing violence against Palestinians.

The Israeli military then launched Operation Swords of Iron against Hamas targets within the Gaza Strip.

Israel’s response has extended to cutting water and electricity supplies to Gaza, further worsening living conditions in an area that has endured a crippling siege since 2007, as well as ordering more than 1 million Gazans in the northern Strip to evacuate to the southern region.

The number of Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza has risen to 2,670, the local Health Ministry said Sunday.

In a statement, the ministry said that 750 children were among the dead. The number of wounded has risen to 9,600, it said.

Meanwhile, Israel’s general death toll so far stands at 1,300, while the number of confirmed injured Israelis exceeds 3,400.

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