The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan has issued a statement regarding the situation in Israel.
Aibek Smadiyarov, the spokesperson for Kazakhstan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, expressed the ministry's position on the situation in Israel,reports Sarbaz.kz, citing Ulysmedia.kz. He called on the parties involved to seek political instruments for resolving the situation peacefully and to refrain from actions that could lead to further escalation not only between the two states but also in the broader Middle East region.
"Kazakhstan expresses deep concern regarding the serious escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which has resulted in numerous casualties among the civilian population. We urge the parties to seek political instruments for a peaceful resolution of the situation and refrain from actions that could lead to further escalation, not only between the two states but also in the broader Middle East region," the statement reads.
He also mentioned that Kazakhstan's embassy in Tel Aviv maintains continuous contact with Kazakh citizens in Israel, including 37 Kazakhstani citizens among 138 total passengers who were booked onto the canceled Air Astana flight from Tel Aviv to Almaty. Seven compatriots were rebooked on an interline partner flight of Air Astana, 19 people opted for a full refund of their ticket prices, and three passengers have not yet made a final decision. A hotline has been established at the embassy, and a list of Kazakh citizens is being compiled to provide further assistance in their repatriation.
On the morning of October 7th, Israel experienced an unprecedented rocket attack from the Gaza Strip. According to the assessment of the country's defense forces, more than two thousand rockets were fired across Israeli territory.