Pope Francis on Sunday deplored the death of two women in a Catholic parish in Gaza, where he said "unarmed civilians" were being targeted by shootings and bombings.

In an address on his 87th birthday, Pope Francis denounced as “terrorism” the Israeli Defense Forces killing of two “unarmed civilians” who were sheltering in a Catholic church in Gaza, France 24 reported.

He was speaking a day after the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem said a Christian mother and daughter had been shot dead by an Israeli soldier on the grounds of the Gaza Strip's only Catholic church.

"I continue receiving very serious and sad news about Gaza," the pope said at the end of the Angelus prayer. "A mother and her daughter were killed and other people were wounded by the shooters.

"This has happened even within the parish complex of the Holy Family, where there are no terrorists, but families, children, people who are sick and have disabilities," the pope added.

It was on October 7 that the Palestinian Resistance carried out Operation Al-Aqsa Flood on the Israeli regime's forces in response to the regime's daily crimes against the Palestinian people during 75 years of occupation of Palestine since 1948.

Confused with the irreparable intelligence and military blow it suffered from the October 7 operation, Israel is struggling to compensate for the defeat.


Read more:

Israeli forces burry people alive with bulldozers