Both sides of the conflict between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas have displayed “brutality” and “cruelty” against each other, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said, urging both parties to prioritize thinking “about the civilian population” instead.
Speaking to reporters after a press conference concluding his two-day visit to Kyrgyzstan on Friday, Putin condemned the attack on Israel, calling out the exceptional “cruelty” exhibited by Hamas.
“Israel, of course, faced an unprecedented attack, which has never happened in history, and not only in scale, but also in the nature of its execution, in cruelty – well, what can I say? We must call things what they are,” he stated.
At the same time, Israel has responded to the attack on a massive scale “with quite brutal methods,” Putin noted, urging both parties to “think about the civilian population” despite “all the bitterness on both sides.”