Representatives of the Palestinian movement Hamas have arrived in Moscow, as confirmed by Maria Zakharova, the spokeswoman of Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During a press briefing, Zakharova announced: "I can confirm that representatives of the Palestinian movement are currently visiting Moscow." In parallel, the Tasnim news agency reports that Ali Bagheri Khani, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister, has also touched down in Moscow.
Specifically, Bagheri Khani held a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Ryabkov, to engage in discussions on a range of matters, including bilateral relations and the prevailing regional and global situations. However, further details of their discussions have not been disclosed at this time.
The backdrop for these diplomatic interactions is the recent escalation of tensions in the Middle East. On October 7, the military wing of Hamas initiated Operation "El Aqsa Deluge" against Israel, triggering a swift response.
The Israeli military promptly launched Operation Iron Swords, specifically targeting Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the nation, emphasizing that the country was in a state of war and subsequently ordered the mobilization of military reserves.
In the following days, the Israeli military took control of populated areas along the Gaza border and commenced airstrikes on various targets within the Gaza Strip, including civilian areas. The toll on both sides has been significant, with more than 5,000 casualties reported in the Gaza Strip and over 15,000 individuals wounded.
Israel, according to local authorities, mourns the loss of more than 1,300 lives. Additionally, there are conflicting reports regarding the number of captives in this ongoing conflict, with the Israeli sources suggesting approximately 150 individuals in Hamas captivity, while Hamas claims there are about 200-250 hostages within the Gaza Strip.
The situation continues to evolve rapidly, and the international community closely monitors these developments while urging both parties to seek a peaceful resolution to the conflict. In the meantime, diplomatic efforts in Moscow may play a crucial role in mitigating the crisis in the region.