WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia and Counterterrorism, on Saturday released the following statement:

“The shocking attacks on Israeli civilians by Hamas terrorists on the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War are unconscionable. The U.S. stands firmly with the Israeli people and supports the government of Israel’s right to defend itself from this horrific violence. Many innocent people on both sides will suffer as a result of Hamas’s orchestrated attacks, which will only cause more chaos and misery. My every thought is with the grieving families and the wounded, and I am continuing to closely monitor developments on the ground.”