Portugal’s foreign ministry issues a statement saying that three of its citizens and two of their relatives were killed in an IDF bombing in Gaza.
The Portuguese citizens were a parent and their two children, the foreign ministry says, adding that the country’s top diplomat Augusto Santos Silva raised Lisbon’s “disgust” over the incident with his Israeli counterpart, Eli Cohen.
Portugal’s foreign ministry says the five killed were on a “priority list” handed to Israel and Egypt of 16 Portuguese citizens and their relatives who were supposed to be able to evacuate Gaza.
Silva says in a statement that the deaths are further proof that Israel “is not on the right path” in this war. “We need to stop these bombings now.”
Earlier this month, Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was filmed being challenged by the Palestinian envoy in the country over Israel’s counter-offensive in Gaza.
“I know, I know you blame the Israelis, but this time someone from your side started it,” responded Rebelo de Sousa “The Palestinian side started it. You can’t blame Israel, you shouldn’t have started it.”