Macron urges Netanyahu for lasting ceasefire in Gaza

AFP , Thursday 28 Dec 2023

French President Emmanuel Macron demanded a "lasting ceasefire" in Gaza during a call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, his office said, as an escalating humanitarian crisis grips the Palestinian territory.

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French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech to French soldiers at the French military base in Safawi, east of Amman on December 21, 2023, during a two-day visit to Jordan. AFP

 

"France will work in the coming days in cooperation with Jordan to carry out humanitarian operations in Gaza," the French presidency added in a statement.

Macron, an ally of Netanyahu, told the Israeli premier of his "deepest concern" about civilian deaths and the humanitarian emergency in the besieged strip.

He also insisted on the importance of measures to end violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank and prevent new illegal settlements.

Israel's war on the Gaza Strip has killed at least 21,110 people, mainly women and children, and injured more than 54,000, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

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