Hungary Condemns Attack on Israel

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Hungarian leaders condemned an attack on Israel launched by militants of Palestinian Islamic organization Hamas early Saturday, state news wire MTI reports.

"I strongly condemn the attacks against Israel that claim human lives. Hungary affirms its unwavering support for Israel," President Katalin Novák said on social media platform X. "Hungary affirms its unwavering support for Israel. My thoughts and prayers with [Israeli President] Isaac Herzog and the Jewish people in these difficult times," she added.

"We strongly condemn the brutal attack against Israel and unequivocally support Israel's right to self-defense," Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on X. "I would like to express my sympathy and condolences to Prime Minister Netanyahu. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Israel in these dark hours," he added.

"Hungary condemns this brutal terrorist attack in the strongest of terms, acknowledges Israel's right to self-defense, and expresses the country's sincerest condolences to the Israeli government and the Israeli people for their losses," Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said in a Facebook post.

Szijjártó said he had spoken with his Israeli counterpart, Eli Cohen, by phone. "I expressed our sympathy for the victims who have died and ensured my colleague that Hungary stands by Israel in these difficult hours."

On Sunday, Szijjártó said Hungarian authorities had no knowledge of any Hungarians who had died or been injured in the fighting. Officials are in contact with around 400 Hungarian nationals in Israel, he added.

Late Sunday, Szijjártó said 215 people had been evacuated from Israel on two Hungarian Air Force aircraft in a rescue mission coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Defense Ministry. He acknowledged the cooperation of authorities from Israel, Cyprus, Greece, Turkiye, Bulgaria, and Romania in clearing the flights.

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