‘Do not get used to suffering’ in Gaza, Liverpool’s Salah says in Christmas message

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Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah, a striker for Liverpool, sent an emotional Christmas greeting on Monday, marking just his second statement on the conflict in Gaza. In the message, he stated that families in Gaza who are suffering the loss of loved ones should not be forgotten.

With a troubled heart, Salah shared a black-and-white photo of a Christmas tree on his social media accounts. He stated that he was approaching Christmas with a heavy heart because of the conflict in Gaza, which has been under intensive bombardment by Israel ever since Hamas terrorists started a cross-border incursion on October 7.

Israel claims that Hamas terrorists carried out an attack that resulted in the deaths of 1,200 people and hostages of around 240 others. According to the authorities in the Gaza Strip, which Hamas administers, the subsequent shelling of Gaza by Israel has resulted in the deaths of over 20,400 individuals and injuries to at least 50,000 more.

“With the brutal war going on in the Middle East, especially the death and destruction in Gaza, this year we get to Christmas with very heavy hearts and we share the pain of those families who are grieving the loss of their loved ones,” according to Salah.

Do not forget them, and do not become accustomed to the misery that they are experiencing. When he sent the message, Salah wished his more than 63 million followers on Instagram and roughly 19 million followers on X a Merry Christmas.

After being silent for more than a week after the conflict began, Salah was criticized in his home country of Egypt. Many fans compared his attitude to other Arab sports personalities who have been more vocal about the situation.

According to statements made by the Egyptian Red Crescent representatives in October, Salah had provided a “significant donation” to aid the people struggling in Gaza.

Salah made his initial remarks regarding the fighting in October, less than two weeks after the war began. In his remarks, he demanded a halt to what he referred to as “massacres” and pleaded for the entry of humanitarian supplies into Gaza.

The player, who is 31 years old, is currently one of the top scorers in the English Premier League for the current season.

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