FAST FIVE: Putin Calls Gaza Crisis "Direct Threat" To Russia's Security Interests; Merkel Condemns Anti-Israel Protests

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Putin's latest statement Friday, being initially reported by Sky News Arabic, appeared especially forceful, calling the crisis a “direct threat” to Russian interests in the region.

At least 130 Palestinians have been killed, including more than 30 children, and close to 1,000 wounded since Monday, while six Israeli civilians, including two children, have died from the Hamas attacks.

Here's more on Putin's words from regional media.

“Chancellor decidedly condemns the ongoing rocket attacks on Israel, these are terrorist attacks .

Angela Merkel condemns anti-Semitic protests in Germany and adds her support to Israel amid escalating military tensions with Hamas in the Gaza Strip https://t.co/XxA9a9NDwM – Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) May 14, 2021 And controversially the ongoing anti-Israel protests which have popped up in German cities this week were addressed, and were linked in the statement anti-Semitism: “Here in Germany, people are taking to the streets to protest against Israel's policies.

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