Macron says fighting terror does not mean 'to flatten Gaza'

AFP , Wednesday 20 Dec 2023

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday that fighting terrorism did not mean "to flatten Gaza", referring to Israel's relentless bombardment and ground invasion of the Palestinian territory.

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French President Emmanuel Macron gives a press conference at the end of a European Union summit at the European headquarters in Brussels on December 15, 2023. AFP

 

"We cannot let the idea take root that an efficient fight against terrorism implies to flatten Gaza or attack civilian populations indiscriminately," Macron told the France 5 broadcaster.

He called on Israel "to stop this response because it is not appropriate, because all lives are worth the same and we defend them".

While acknowledging "Israel's right to defend itself and fight terror", Macron said France called for the protection of civilians and "a truce leading to a humanitarian ceasefire".

The Palestinian health ministry in Gaza says Israel's war has killed nearly 20,000 people, mainly women and children, and wounded more than 50,000 others.

The war has also displaced 1.9 million people (80 percent of the strip's population) sparking a catastrophic humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online

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