Cory Booker Seeks Shelter in Hotel During Israel Attack

( – Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) shared his terrifying account of the Hamas attack on Israel in a social media post, where he recalled details of the event in a short video. The lawmaker relayed his heartbreak over the assault, which had forced him and several other people to seek shelter in his hotel’s stairwell. Booker was one of several Americans who were in the area when Palestinians from the Gaza Strip stormed Israeli cities, killing at least 1,000 people and injuring several thousand more.

The Daily Beast reports that Booker went to Israel a few days ahead of a summit where he had been scheduled to speak. Instead of spending a relaxing weekend in the foreign nation, he found himself caught in the crossfire of Hamas’ land dispute and fleeing the country shortly thereafter.

Booker posted his story on X, the social media outlet formerly called Twitter. He recounted the moment he received the call to get back to his hotel as quickly as possible. The New Jersey senator said he and others hunkered down in the stairway, and he recalled the bystanders’ “frightened faces” as rockets shot by overhead and other atrocities took place all across the city. He added that many of the others with him were also Americans and urged everyone “who believe[s] in peace and freedom” to reject these and all other acts of weaponized terror. Booker also stated that he was as committed as ever to helping ensure the stability and security of the Israeli people, and he hoped that the warring nations would find a peaceful resolution soon.

The Associated Press notes that Israel and Hamas have been fighting over the Gaza Strip, which the Palestinian group has refused to give up to Israel, for decades. The roughly 25-mile-long stretch of coastal territory sits right along the Mediterranean Sea, and it also shares a border with Egypt. Hamas has been in firm control of the tiny region, which has a population of about 2.3 million people, since 2007.

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