Tel Aviv, Oct 14 (UNI): The number of Russians killed during the escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has reached 16, all of them also had Israeli citizenship, the Russian embassy in Tel Aviv told Sputnik on Saturday.
“We regret to inform you that as of 1 p.m. [10:00 GMT] on October 14, the number of deceased Russian citizens, who also had Israeli citizenship, has increased to 16 people, based on information from Israel. At present, the consular section of the embassy, together with the representative of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs in Israel, are engaged in verifying and confirming the available information,” the embassy said.
Eight more Russians are listed as missing and at least one Russian is listed as captured by Hamas, the embassy said.
On October 7, Palestinian movement Hamas launched a surprise large-scale rocket attack against Israel from the Gaza Strip, prompting Israel to declare a state of war the following day and launch retaliatory strikes. On Monday, Israel ordered a complete blockade of the Gaza Strip, home to more than 2 million people, cutting off supplies of water, food and fuel. Both Israel and Palestine have reported over 1,000 deaths and thousands of injured as a result of the escalation.