Archbishop Balashov: A rocket fell on the territory of an Orthodox church in Gaza
MOSCOW, October 10 – RIA Novosti. Archbishop Nikolai Balashov, advisor to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, said that the house of the clergy at St. Porphyry Orthodox Church in Gaza was destroyed as a result of a missile attack, and that the threat of destroying Christian shrines in the region continues. , he told RIA Novosti.
“Representatives of the Church of Jerusalem, Israel, in Gaza, St. He denied the information spread through some telegram channels that the Church of Porphyry was destroyed as a result of the bombing: By the grace of God, it has not been damaged yet, but the church was damaged as a result of Israel’s attacks. Balashov came to St. Petersburg under rocket fire. He said the clergy’s house at Porphyry Church was destroyed.
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He noted that the churches belonging to the Russian Spiritual Mission in Jerusalem were not affected by the Palestinian attacks. The agency’s interlocutor thinks, “However, the threat of the destruction of shrines and the death of Christians undoubtedly continues.”
Balashov also stated that believers in the Russian Orthodox Church pray for peace in the Holy Land, assuring that the Russian Orthodox Church will continue to assist the peacekeeping ministry of the Jerusalem Patriarchate.
On the morning of October 7, Israel was subjected to an unprecedented rocket attack from the Gaza Strip. Additionally, Hamas fighters entered border areas in southern Israel following massive rocket attacks.
The military wing of the Palestinian Hamas movement announced Operation Al-Aqsa Flood against Israel. The Israel Defense Forces announced the launch of Operation Iron Sword against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. In his address to the nation, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the country was at war and that he had ordered a large-scale mobilization of reserves. The Israeli army is clearing settlements.
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The number of deaths in Israel as a result of the escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has exceeded 1,000, the Israeli Embassy in the United States announced on Tuesday. According to the latest data of the Palestinian Ministry of Health, the number of deaths in Israel’s attacks on the Gaza Strip has reached 900.
Al-Qassam Brigades (Hamas’ military wing) claimed to have captured dozens of Israeli soldiers and officers. Hamas Politburo member Musa Abu Marzouk later reported that more than 100 Israeli citizens, including senior military officials, were captured and held in the Gaza Strip.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had previously stated that the bloodshed between Israel and Palestine should be stopped immediately and called on the parties to stop hostilities. According to him, the solution to the Palestine problem can only be possible on the basis of UN Security Council resolutions that foresee the coexistence of two states.
The Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which is linked to the regional interests of the parties, has been a source of tension and strife in the region for decades. In 1947, the UN resolution, which assumed the active role of the USSR, determined the creation of two states (Israel and Palestine), but only the state of Israel was created. While Israel declared that it accepted the two-state principle, it did not completely liberate the Palestinian lands.
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