Mohamed Salah – the renowned footballer from Egypt – made his first comment on the Israel-Hamas War and called for an end to what he described as “massacres” in Gaza and said that humanitarian aid must immediately be allowed into the besieged Palestinian enclave.
Mohamed Salah posted a video message on his social media platforms, making his first comments on the ongoing Israel-Hamas war after receiving harsh criticism in his home country of Egypt for being silent on the topic for more than a week. “It’s not always easy to speak at this time; there has been much too much violence and tragic brutality… Salah stated that “all lives are sacred and must be protected.”
“The massacres must stop and families are being ripped apart. What is evident now is that humanitarian supplies to Gaza must be permitted to enter the country quickly. The people there are living in deplorable conditions. Last night’s scenes in the hospital were terrifying. Gazans urgently want food, water, and medical supplies. I’m calling on world leaders to get together to stop the massacre of innocent people. Humanity must triumph,” the athlete said.
Many Egyptian soccer supporters have attacked the world-class footballer Salah in recent weeks, claiming that he should have spoken out in defense of Palestinians. Some others started a social media campaign to unfollow him. The 31-year-old’s critics increased after a bombing at a Gaza hospital killed hundreds of Palestinians on Tuesday. Israel and Hamas swapped accusations about who was to blame.
According to the Gaza health ministry, at least 3,478 Palestinians have been killed and 12,065 have been injured in Israeli air attacks on Gaza since Oct. 7, when the Palestinian militant group Hamas broke into Israeli communities, killing 1,400 people and kidnapping hundreds of others.