Ghana has joined the West to condemn what many have described as surprise attack on Israel by Palestinian militant group Hamas.
The attack on Saturday is said to have claimed 700 Israeli lives while many others were abducted in Ofakim in the Southern District of Israel near Gaza.
Hamas which is sworn to Israel’s destruction and designated as a terrorist group by the United States (US), United Kingdom (UK), European Union (EU) and Israel breached the wire that separates Gaza from Israel in multiple places, according to BBC, firing thousands of rockets at their unsuspecting victim.
Israel retaliated with air strikes targeting housing blocks, tunnels, a mosque and homes of Hamas officials in Gaza, killing more than 400 people in the process.
So far, countries and international organisations around the world have reacted by either supporting the attack or condemning it.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), United Nations (UN), US, UK, and others condemned the “terrorist attacks”.
Countries like Iran congratulated the group for the attack, declaring its support for them.
“We congratulate the Palestinian fighters… We will stand by the Palestinian fighters until the liberation of Palestine and Jerusalem,” Aljazeera quoted adviser Rahim Safavi as saying.
Support for Israel
The government of Ghana through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration on Sunday said it was “deeply saddened” by the development, which threatens to ignite a conflagration in the protracted conflict.
“Ghana unequivocally condemns the attacks and calls on the Hamas leadership to immediately cease the attacks and withdraw its militants from southern Israel,” it said
Affirming its support for Israel, the West African country urged Israel to exercise restraint in its response to attack.
It thus called on the parties to drop their weapons and return to the negotiation table.
“Ghana takes this opportunity to call on the two sides to the Israel-Palestinian conflict to return to the negotiation table.”