Latvia pledges 'unwavering support to Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself' after Hamas terror attack

On October 9, Latvian President Edgars Rinkēvičs said he has spoken with his Israeli counterpart and expressed "unwavering support to Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself against terrorists" following a wave of deadly rocket attacks by Hamas terrorists.

The terror attacks were roundly condemned by all senior Latvian officials including Prime Minister Evika Siliņa and Foreign Minister Krišjānis Kariņš.

In view of the terror attacks, Latvia has updated its advice to Latvian citizens in Israel or planning a visit. 

Latvia's parliament, the Saeima, issued a statement October 7 (attached) strongly condemning the rocket attack by Hamas which have left hundreds of dead and wounded.


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"The Saeima Foreign Affairs Committee strongly and categorically condemns the terrorist attacks on Israel by Hamas. Such indiscriminate violence and targeting of civilians is despicably cruel and barbaric; it sows unjustifiable inhuman destruction. It is terrorism at its most horrific," said the statement.

"The Saeima Foreign Affairs Committee reaffirms its unwavering support for Israel and stands in solidarity with Israel and its society on this difficult day. Israel has the right to self-defence and the right and duty to defend its citizens and its country against deadly acts of terrorism," it added.

The Saeima Foreign Affairs Committee expressed its condolences to the families of the victims of the attacks and wishes a speedy recovery to all those injured.

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