On October 9, two days after the dramatic events in the Middle East, President Paul Biya sent a letter to his Israeli counterpart, Isaac Herzog. "I learned, with extreme emotion, of the appalling human toll caused by the armed attack by the Palestinian Islamist group 'Hamas' on the outskirts of Gaza," wrote Paul Biya sending his condolences to the families of the victims and the entire Israeli nation.
Indeed, on October 7, the Palestinian political and military organization Hamas carried out an unprecedented attack on Israeli soil. Hundreds of people were killed and many more were kidnapped. Tel Aviv's reaction was swift. Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip have since been hit by the Israeli army.
The events provoked strong reactions around the world. Some nations supported the Hebrew state, while others refrained from condemning Hamas' action.
In Africa, several countries are showing support for Palestine. But, Cameroon seemingly supports Israel, with whom it has had close relations since 1960. According to the Israeli government, "the areas of cooperation between Cameroon and Israel are cultural exchanges, the transfer of knowledge and experience in agriculture, technology, medicine, and the social integration of the underprivileged". The two countries also cooperate closely on defense and security issues.