After Israel committed to escalate and deepen its operations in the Gaza Strip, France released a statement expressing “grave concern” on Tuesday. France is highly alarmed by Israel’s intention to escalate hostilities in Gaza.
The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement in which it criticized the “systematic bombing that has again left many civilian victims in recent days.” The statement also stated that France “strongly reiterates its call for an immediate truce leading to a cease-fire.”
“Israel must take concrete measures to protect the lives of the civilian population in Gaza,” the statement continued.
Recently, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution that called for “urgent steps” to immediately allow “safe, unhindered, and expanded” humanitarian access to Gaza. The ministry expressed its acceptance of this resolution.
“By this, we call on Israel to facilitate the delivery of aid throughout the Gaza Strip and to take urgent measures to ensure full, safe and unhindered humanitarian access,” the statement stated.
Following a cross-border strike carried out by the Palestinian group Hamas on October 7, Israel has initiated a large military operation on the Gaza Strip. According to local health officials, this campaign has resulted in the deaths of at least 20,915 Palestinians, the majority of whom were women and children, and injuries to 54,918 others.
Gaza has been reduced to rubble as a result of the bombardment, which damaged or destroyed sixty percent of the enclave’s infrastructure and resulted in the displacement of almost two million people amid severe shortages of food, potable water, and medicines.
The attack carried out by Hamas is thought to have resulted in the deaths of over 1,200 Israelis.
It has been pledged by Tel Aviv that Hamas would be destroyed and that all hostages who were abducted during the raid in October will be released. Following the implementation of a temporary ceasefire in November, a number of the hostages were released in exchange for several Palestinian inmates.