For France, Israel should cease its army operation in Rafah “without delay” | EUROtoday

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UA “catastrophic situation” is certainly what France fears. In a press launch printed on its X account (previously Twitter), throughout the evening from Friday to Saturday, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged Israel to stop “without delay” its army offensive in Rafah launched on May 7 and “deplores”.

“We call on the Israeli authorities to cease this military operation without delay and to return to the path of negotiations, the only possible path to lead to the immediate release of the hostages and obtain a lasting ceasefire,” indicated the Quai d’Orsay concerning the state of affairs in Rafah. “Such an operation threatens to cause a catastrophic situation for the civilian populations of Gaza, already displaced on multiple occasions,” continues the press launch from French diplomacy. “Civilians have no other safe area today in Gaza,” the ministry recalled.

READ ALSO Hamas-Israel warfare: hope for a brand new truce fadesIn order to “defeat” Hamas, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, considers it obligatory to hold out an operation in Rafah, a city within the south of the Gaza Strip the place, in accordance with him, not solely the final battalions of the Islamist motion are entrenched however the place There are additionally 1.4 million Palestinians, most of whom have been displaced by the violence. Defying worldwide warnings, the Israeli military has been finishing up incursions into jap Rafah since Tuesday and has taken management of the border crossing with Egypt, thereby blocking a key gateway for humanitarian assist convoys. .

Reopen the passage to Egypt

The military stated on Friday that it was persevering with its “precision anti-terrorist operation” in sure areas of jap Rafah and having “eliminated terrorist cells”. The United States is “observing with concern” the army operation in Rafah, however doesn’t think about it “major,” White House spokesperson John Kirby stated on Friday. Which doesn’t stop Joe Biden from rising the stress on the supply of bombs and shells.

“France calls on Israel to immediately reopen the Rafah crossing point towards Egypt, which is essential both for access of humanitarian aid to the civilian population and to allow the most vulnerable people to leave the Gaza Strip », indicated French diplomacy during the night.

READ ALSO Hamas-Israel war: Biden no longer hides his animosity towards NetanyahuOn Monday, May 6, the Israeli army announced that it had begun an operation to evacuate tens of thousands of people in eastern Rafah. An “operation of limited scale” that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights had described as “inhumane”. Around 110,000 folks left Rafah on this context.