Bruno Mars' concert in Tel Aviv has been cancelled following the recent outbreak of violence between Israel and Hamas militants. Live Nation Israel announced the cancellation in an Instagram statement, citing the ongoing conflict as the reason.
The cancellation comes after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared the country to be "at war" following a surprise attack by Hamas militants that resulted in the deaths of over 200 Israelis. The concert was scheduled to take place on Saturday night. Bruno Mars had previously performed in Israel just two days before the cancellation.
The cancellation coincides with a video statement from Prime Minister Netanyahu, in which he referred to the attack as a "murderous surprise attack" by the Palestinian militant group Hamas. In addition to the Tel Aviv concert cancellation, Mars' performance at the Lusail International Circuit in Qatar as part of the Formula One post-race concert has also been called off. The reason given for this cancellation is "circumstances outside of our control." DJ Snake has been announced as the replacement for Mars.
The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas has seen the Israeli military targeted on land, sea, and air, with thousands of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have reported that Hamas has taken hostages and prisoners of war. Israeli soldiers are currently engaged in ground combat operations. The violence has resulted in the deaths of 232 Palestinians and the injury of 1,600 more, according to the health ministry. For decades, the conflict between Israel and Palestine has centered around their claims to Jerusalem as their capital.
While Israel governs the city, Palestinians seek control over East Jerusalem, which includes the West Bank and Gaza. U.S. President Joe Biden has expressed his support for Israel's security and condemned the attacks by Hamas. He has stated that the U.S. is ready to offer support to Israel and warns other parties against taking advantage of the situation.
Biden and his wife Jill have expressed their condolences to the families affected by the violence and hope for a swift recovery for the wounded. Bruno Mars is next scheduled to perform in Florida in December.