The Prince and Princess of Wales have released a statement condemning the terrorist group Hamas’ attack on Israel and expressing their distress over the events of the last few days.
A spokesperson for the couple said: “The Prince and Princess of Wales are profoundly distressed by the devastating events that have unfolded in the past days. The horrors inflicted by Hamas’s terrorist attack upon Israel are appalling; they utterly condemn them.
“As Israel exercises its right of self-defence, all Israelis and Palestinians will continue to be stalked by grief, fear and anger in the time to come.
“Their Royal Highnesses hold all the victims, their families and their friends in their hearts and minds. Those The Prince of Wales met in 2018 overwhelmingly shared a common hope – that of a better future. In the midst of such terrible suffering, The Prince and Princess continue to share that hope without reservation.”
The Palestinian militant group Hamas launched an unprecedented attack on Israel on 7 October. Armed fighters crossed into Israel from Gaza, killing over 1,000 people and taking dozens of hostages.
At least 950 people have also been killed in the Gaza Strip by Israel’s retaliatory airstrikes, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.
William and Kate’s message comes after King Charles released a statement condemning the attacks. His spokesman said: “This is a situation His Majesty is extremely concerned about, and he has asked to be kept actively updated.
“His thoughts and prayers are with all of those suffering, particularly those who have lost loved ones, but also those actively involved as we speak.”
He added: “His Majesty is appalled by and condemns the barbaric acts of terrorism in Israel.”
Hamas has ruled the Gaza Strip, a 41km long and 10 km wide territory between Israel, Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea, since 2007.
On Monday, Britain’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak spoke at Finchley United Synagogue, saying: “I wanted to come here tonight to stand with you, to stand with you in this hour of grief as we mourn the victims of an utterly abhorrent act of terror, to stand with you in this hour of prayer, as we think of those held hostage and your friends and loved ones taking refuge in bomb shelters, or risking their lives on the frontline.
“And perhaps above all, I wanted to come here tonight to stand with you in solidarity in Israel’s hour of need.” Mr Sunak also released a joint statement on Monday with the leaders of France, Germany, Italy, and the US after a call. The five countries make up the Quint international organisation.
It read, in part: “We make clear that the terrorist actions of Hamas have no justification, no legitimacy, and must be universally condemned. There is never any justification for terrorism.
“In recent days, the world has watched in horror as Hamas terrorists massacred families in their homes, slaughtered over 200 young people enjoying a music festival, and kidnapped elderly women, children, and entire families, who are now being held as hostages…
“Over the coming days, we will remain united and coordinated, together as allies, and as common friends of Israel, to ensure Israel is able to defend itself, and to ultimately set the conditions for a peaceful and integrated Middle East region.”