ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 146

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Norway says Israel response to Hamas attack disproportionate

Norway's Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store arrives for the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) Leaders' Summit on the Baltic island of Gotland, Sweden, on October 13, 2023 (Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP)
Norway's Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store arrives for the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) Leaders' Summit on the Baltic island of Gotland, Sweden, on October 13, 2023 (Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP)

Norway’s prime minister says the Israeli army’s response to the deadly Hamas attack that killed 1,400 people and saw over 230 abducted by terrorists has been disproportionate, and denounces a “catastrophic” humanitarian situation in Gaza.

“International law stipulates that [the reaction] must be proportionate. Civilians must be taken into account, and humanitarian law is very clear on this. I think this limit has been largely exceeded,” Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store says on NRK public radio.

“Almost half of the thousands of people killed are children,” he adds.

“Israel has the right to defend itself, and I recognize that it is very difficult to defend against attacks from an area as densely populated as Gaza,” Store says.

“Rockets are still being fired from Gaza into Israel, and we condemn this,” he adds.

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