Israel-Gaza war: Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah calls for end to ‘massacres’

Egypt and Liverpool footballer Mohamed Salah has called for an end to “massacres” in Gaza, saying humanitarian aid must immediately be allowed into the besieged Palestinian enclave.

The 31-year-old forward made his first comments on the deepening Israel-Gaza conflict on Wednesday amid growing outrage over the deaths of nearly 500 people in an explosion at the al-Ahil Arab hospital in Gaza City.

Palestinian authorities say the blast was caused by an Israeli air raid while Israel says the explosion was the result of a rocket launched by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) armed group misfiring.

“It is not always easy to speak in a time like this. There has been too much violence and too much heartbreak and brutality,” Salah said in a video posted to his 62.7 million followers on Instagram.

The footballer, who captains Egypt’s national team, had been criticised for not speaking up in defence of Palestinians, and some critics had started an online campaign to unfollow him on social media.

Gaza has been besieged since October 7 when Hamas fighters launched a surprise attack on Israel killing some 1,400 people and taking others captive. Israel declared war in response, subjecting the territory of 2.3 million people to relentless bombardment. Some 3,480 Palestinians have been confirmed killed in the attacks.

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