Sunak and Macron stress need for urgent aid in Gaza

AFP , Sunday 29 Oct 2023

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and French President Emmanuel Macron underlined Sunday the importance of shipping urgent humanitarian support into the Gaza Strip, the UK government said.



According to Downing Street spokesperson, both leaders spoke by telephone following the expansion of Israel's military operation in Gaza, and expressed "their shared concern at the risk of escalation in the wider region, in particular in the West Bank".

The leaders stressed the importance of getting urgent humanitarian support into Gaza. They also agreed to work together on efforts both to get crucial food, fuel, water and medicine to those who need it, and to get foreign nationals out, according to the readout of the phone conversation.

Sunak and Macron updated each other on the conversations they have had with leaders in the region "to stress the importance of working to ensure regional stability."

Sunak and Macron also "agreed that it was important not to lose sight of the long-term future of the region and, in particular, the need for a two-state solution".

On Friday, Macron advocated for a humanitarian truce in the Israeli war on Gaza to meet the needs of civilians.

In statements at the end of an EU summit in Brussels, Macron warned that "tensions could escalate if the war continues and we may face the risk of the region igniting in fires, which would have adverse consequences," Macron said.

Moreover, Sunak announced Monday that UK was sending an additional £20 million of aid to help civilians in Gaza affected by the war, bringing the amount pledged by UK since the war broke out earlier this month to £30 million.

On the 23rd day of its war on Gaza, Israel has carried out limited ground incursions into the strip and heavy airstrikes targeting buildings and the vicinity of hospitals.

Communications were restored in the strip after a two-day complete blackout. The death toll of Palestinians killed by Israel has now exceeded 8,000.


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