‘Whether it targets people of Mumbai, New York or Israel …’: US condemns Hamas’ ‘unjustifiable’ terror attack with 26/11 reference | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday drew a parallel between the ghastly 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai by Pakistan-based Laskhar-e-Taiba in 2008 and the recent one launched by Hamas militants in Israel.
Speaking at the UN Security Council ministerial meeting on the situation in the Middle East, Blinken said that all acts of terror are “unlawful and unjustifiable”, whether “they target people of Nairobi or Bali, Istanbul or Mumbai, in New York or Kibbutz Be’eri”.
He also called on the Security Council to denounce member states that arm, fund and train terrorist groups, without naming any country.
“We must affirm the right of any nation to defend itself and to prevent such horror from repeating itself. No member of this Council, no nation in this entire body could or would tolerate the slaughter of its people,” Blinken told the UN Security Council.
Blinken was referring to some of the past terror attacks targeting some of the biggest cities in the world, including the the horrific 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks carried out by LeT.
As many as 166 people, including six Americans, were killed in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks in which 10 Pakistani terrorists laid a more than 60-hour siege, attacking and killing people in India’s financial hub.
Blinken added that the international community must not forget that among the more than 1,400 people that Hamas killed on October 7 when it attacked Israel, were citizens from more than 30 UN member states, including many of the members around the horseshoe UNSC table. The victims included at least 33 American citizens.
“Every one of us has a stake, every one of us has a responsibility in defeating terrorism,” Blinken said.
The unprecedented attack by Hamas targetting multiple Israeli cities triggered a full-scale war in the region.
The ministry of health in Gaza has reported over 5,000 Palestinians have been killed so far, including over 2,000 children and 1,100 women as well as journalists, medical workers and first responders, with more than 15,000 injured.
(With inputs from PTI)

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