A Bruno Mars concert in Tel Aviv has been cancelled.
The musician, 37, was due to perform on Saturday, October 7, at Park HaYarkon in Israel for the second time this week.
He had earlier performed at a sold-out event on Wednesday, sharing a picture of the crowd to social media.
However, he has now been forced to cancel Saturday’s concert, after Palestinian militants launched an attack on Israel on Saturday morning.
Live Nation Israel, who are promoting the concert, announced on Instagram that Bruno’s concert was cancelled.
They added that all ticket holders for the concert will automatically receive refunds, while Bruno has yet to address the situation.
The statement said: ‘Dear customers, the performance of Bruno Mars, which was planned to take place tonight, is cancelled. All concert ticket purchasers will receive an automatic refund to the credit card with which the purchase was made.’
Gunmen from the Islamist group Hamas infiltrated the Gaza Strip, to the south of the country, and fired thousands of rockets and sent in dozens of troops on Saturday morning.
The elusive leader of Hamas’ military wing, Mohammed Deif, announced the beginning of what he called ‘Operation Al-Aqsa Storm’.
‘Enough is enough,’ he said in a recorded message, and claimed more than 5,000 rockets had been launched into Israel as he called on Palestinians to join the fight.
Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have hit back by striking targets in Gaza and declared a ‘state of readiness for war’, while a call-up for military reserve forces has also been approved.
Foreign Secretary James Cleverly has condemned ‘horrific’ attacks by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip in southern Israel.
Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the country was ‘at war’ as its military began striking targets in Gaza in response.
Mr Cleverly wrote on social media: ‘The UK unequivocally condemns the horrific attacks by Hamas on Israeli civilians.
‘The UK will always support Israel’s right to defend itself.’
Israel has blockaded Gaza since Islamic militant group Hamas gained control of the territory in 2007 and the two have fought wars ever since.