"I am deeply shocked and unequivocally condemn the brutal acts undertaken by Hamas militants that have resulted in the tragic loss of hundreds of innocent lives. Such actions are deplorable, devoid of humanity, and have no place in our world. Every nation, including Israel, has the inherent right to defend its citizens. I call upon restraint now from both sides as no one has a license to perpetrate harm upon innocent civilians. The heart-wrenching stories emerging from Gaza now underline the need for an immediate corridor to ensure the safe evacuation of those caught in the hostilities.
I urgently call for sincere negotiations between the relevant parties to bring about a lasting resolution to this ongoing conflict that has been a longstanding blemish on the Middle East's quest for peace
The atrocities, violence, lives lost, the families torn apart and the communities in ruins are a testament to the urgency with which we must act. Every life is valuable, and we must collectively denounce such brutal acts and strive towards a more compassionate and understanding world."
Colin Beattie MSP