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TEL AVIV — French President Emmanuel Macron proposed Tuesday that the present worldwide coalition battling the remnants of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria could possibly be widened to incorporate the battle in opposition to Hamas.

As Macron stood beside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a short look in Jerusalem, the Israeli chief described Hamas as “the new Nazis” and mentioned Jewish kids making an attempt to flee Hamas gunmen attacking their communities earlier this month had been pressured to “hide in attics” simply “like Anne Frank” did in Amsterdam throughout World War II.

Macron pledged that Israel was not alone and that “France is ready for the coalition, which is fighting in Iraq and Syria against ISIS, to also fight against Hamas.”

The United States is a part of that coalition. There are at the moment 2,500 U.S. troops in Iraq and one other 900 in Syria. Macron didn’t supply particulars, nor did he describe what he meant by “fight” and the place that battle would possibly happen.

Macron’s workplace informed Reuters afterward that the coalition in opposition to the Islamic State “does not limit itself to operations on the ground, but is also involved in the training of Iraqi forces, the sharing of information between partners” and funding to battle terrorism.

American and European officers are cautious of the Israel-Gaza conflict sparking wider regional battle and dragging different antagonists — together with Iran — extra deeply into battle.

In his remarks, Macron warned the militant group Hezbollah and its patron Iran in opposition to opening a brand new entrance on Israel’s northern border, the place Israel and Lebanon have each evacuated communities, amid near-daily exchanges of fireplace.

Macron additionally confused that “the stability of the Middle East will only be possible if Israel also allows for [a] political approach to the conflict with Palestinians.”

In a nod to the greater than 200 hostages nonetheless held in Gaza, together with French nationals, Macron mentioned, “We share with Israel the challenge of having to deal with hostages taken by Hamas.”

As the 2 leaders spoke, an Israeli hostage launched Monday night time by Hamas, Yocheved Lifshitz, described her “nightmare” ordeal. She mentioned she was thrown over the again of a motorbike, crushed with sticks and held in a “spiderweb” of damp tunnels after she was kidnapped from a kibbutz in southern Israel on Oct. 7.

The hostages had been taken to a “huge network” of tunnels, she mentioned, and she or he recalled how they walked for 2 to a few hours in damp passageways till they reached a cavernous corridor, the place their group of 25 hostages was separated in line with which kibbutz they had been from.

She mentioned her captors appeared ready for hostages and had clear rooms with mattresses on the bottom. The hostages had been handled properly, she mentioned, and obtained treatment and common visits from a health care provider.

Sharone Lifschitz, her daughter who is generally primarily based in London, additionally spoke about her 83-year-old father, Oded, who remains to be believed to be in Gaza. She informed the BBC that her father was “very involved” in campaigning for the rights of Palestinians. “I hope he is being looked after and has the chance to talk. He speaks good Arabic, so he can communicate very well with the people there.”

Asked whether or not this was the tip of her mother and father’ dream of dwelling in peace with neighbors, she mentioned, “No, no, no, no … I don’t think so at all, we have to find ways because there is no alternative. If anything it makes me more resolved.”

Watching the wan, fragile Lifshitz, seated in a wheelchair, describing her captivity at a raucous information convention in a loud hospital foyer, many Israeli tempers boiled — with some particularly indignant that the previous hostage mentioned she had been handled properly by Hamas.

Hagar Sides, a social media analyst and activist, mentioned the “problematic media event” was an instance of “the service the mass media provides to terrorist organizations. What we just witnessed was the ‘theater of terror’ and an example of how Hamas is running the event.”

In New York, a U.N. Security Council assembly Tuesday shortly led to dueling tales of horror and violations of worldwide legislation. Palestinian and Israeli overseas ministers traded graphic descriptions of indiscriminate brutality and slain kids.

One of essentially the most outraged responses got here from Israel, after U.N. Secretary General António Guterres opened the session by condemning the Oct. 7 Hamas assault on Israel however then referred to as for recognition that “the attacks by Hamas did not happen in a vacuum. The Palestinian people have been subjected to 56 years of suffocating occupation.”

As officers in Israel condemned his remarks, Foreign Minister Eli Cohen turned to Guterres and requested, “Mr. Secretary General, in what world do you live? Definitely, this is not our world.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned the unfolding disaster vividly unscored the necessity for “an enduring solution” that results in peace, which Washington and lots of allies imagine should embrace a acknowledged Palestinian state alongside Israel. “The only way to break out of this horrific cycle of violence is through two states,” Blinken informed the Security Council, including that “we have no illusions about how hard” it is going to be to realize.

The Israel Defense Forces intensified airstrikes on the enclave in a single day, saying Tuesday that it hit 400 targets prior to now 24 hours, together with a seaside refugee camp that hosted tens of 1000’s of displaced individuals.

Ashraf al-Qudra, a spokesman for the Hamas-controlled Gaza Health Ministry, mentioned “dozens” of individuals had been killed and injured within the strike on the al-Shati refugee camp on the sting of Gaza City.

In a put up on the ministry’s Facebook account, he accused Israel of committing a “great massacre” on the camp. The Washington Post was unable to instantly confirm the experiences, although the IDF confirmed there was a strike on Shati.

The Indonesian Hospital in Beit Lahiya, in northern Gaza, briefly misplaced all energy Monday night time and solely has sufficient gas to final 72 hours or much less, hospital director Marwan el-Sultan informed The Post by cellphone.

He mentioned the outage lasted nearly 10 minutes, however “this doesn’t solve the real problem that we don’t have enough fuel.”

The hospital director mentioned he has solely left the ability for a couple of hours to see his household since Oct. 7. He is simply too busy to depart, he mentioned, and fears being hit by a bombardment whereas transferring round. “We feel like we are in a dream,” he mentioned. “The situation that we are in is not livable. … I cannot describe the situation in words.”

Overall, the Gaza Health Ministry mentioned 704 individuals had been killed within the strip prior to now 24 hours, the most important improve because the conflict started. The ministry mentioned these deaths included 305 kids, 173 ladies and 78 aged individuals. The figures haven’t been independently verified.

The European Union is weighing whether or not to name for a “humanitarian pause” to permit help into Gaza. Guterres final week referred to as for “an immediate humanitarian cease-fire” — language that some E.U. international locations help, however others don’t. Heading right into a European Council summit on Thursday and Friday, the E.U.’s prime diplomat, Josep Borrell, referred to as for a “humanitarian pause” to permit “humanitarian support to come in and be distributed.”

Earlier within the battle, the Israeli navy dropped leaflets in northern Gaza urging residents to flee south. On Monday, it dropped a brand new spherical of leaflets asking residents for details about hostages being held by Hamas. In return, Israel supplied safety and compensation.

“If you want to live in peace and have a better future for your children, do the good deed immediately and share verified and valuable information about hostages being held in your area,” the leaflets learn in Arabic.

It continued, “the Israeli military assures you that it will invest maximum effort in providing security for you and your home, and you will receive a financial reward. We guarantee you complete confidentiality.”

Berger reported from Ramallah, West Bank, Tarnopolsky from Jerusalem and Booth from London. Karla Adam and Victoria Bisset in London, Emily Rauhala in Brussels and Karen DeYoung in Washington contributed to this report.