Brazil's president: Israel ‘killing innocent people without any criteria’
Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Monday condemned Israel for the "killing innocent people without any criteria" in the Gaza Strip, saying he had never seen "such brutal and inhuman violence".
Lula blasted the occupying regime at a ceremony in Brasilia welcoming Brazilians and their families who had been evacuated from Gaza.
The leader of Latin America's largest country also said Israel is "dropping bombs where there are children, hospitals, on the pretext that a terrorist is there."
"They are not killing soldiers, they are killing children," he told journalists at the Brasilia Air Base, saying the number of women and children killed or missing was unheard of.
Lula, 78, who hugged and kissed the returnees on the tarmac, said he had "never" seen "such brutal and inhuman violence against innocent people".
"This is inexplicable. First you have to save the women and children, then you fight with whomever you want," Lula said.
Israel waged the war on Gaza on October 7 after the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas carried out the surprise Operation Al-Aqsa Storm into the occupied territories in response to the occupying regime’s intensified crimes against the Palestinian people.
According to the Gaza-based health ministry, at least 11,250 Palestinians have been killed in the strikes, most of them women and children.
The regime has also imposed a “complete siege” on Gaza, cutting off fuel, electricity, food and water to the more than two million Palestinians living there.