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Senator Booker compelled to shelter in Jerusalem, says he’s ‘shaken’ from Hamas assaults

(The Hill) – Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) mentioned Sunday he’s “shaken” from Hamas’s assaults on Israel after he and his employees had been compelled to shelter in place whereas in Jerusalem on Saturday.

“I used to be in Israel when the horrific assaults carried out by Hamas began on Saturday,” Booker wrote Sunday in a post on X, the platform previously referred to as Twitter. “My crew and I at the moment are protected, however like many we’re shaken, angered, and heartbroken by the a whole lot killed, the hundreds injured, these taken hostage, and all who’re instantly affected by these sickening terrorist assaults.”

In a video posted to X, Booker recounted being in Jerusalem on a run when Hamas’s assaults started and he was suggested to get again to his lodge. The New Jersey Democrat mentioned he joined others in a bomb shelter within the stairwell of the lodge.

“Frightened faces, there have been kids and aged, households, many Individuals,” Booker mentioned. “There was a way of concern and fear and a information to many people that there have been horrific issues happening across the nation at the moment.”

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., listens throughout a Senate listening to on Capitol Hill, March 16, 2023 in Washington. (AP Picture/Alex Brandon, File)

Booker’s workplace confirmed earlier Sunday he and his employees departed Israel on Sunday, slicing his journey brief within the wake of the violence. Booker arrived within the nation final Friday and had plans to remain via not less than Tuesday, when he had a scheduled discuss regional financial integration, his spokesperson mentioned.

Hamas launched the most important assault on Israel in a long time early Saturday, sending forces into a number of Israeli cities, together with a bombardment of rocket hearth in a shock offensive. 

The dying toll has surpassed 1,100, with hundreds extra Israelis and Palestinians wounded.

Booker known as for a rejection of these utilizing “terror as a weapon.”

“We who consider in peace and freedom and human rights, for Palestinians, for Israelis, for all humankind, should reject those that use terror as their weapon,” Booker mentioned.

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