French President Emmanuel Macron has announced the country’s readiness to take in sick or injured Palestinian children in its hospitals in Gaza Strip, where the Israeli military offensive continues. In support of this effort, Macron confirmed the sending of a new plane with ten tons of medical material and the deployment of a second medical ship to aid humanitarian efforts in the area.
During a phone call with Egyptian president Abdel Fattá al Sisi, Macron emphasized France’s mobilization of all means to help evacuate injured or sick children from Gaza Strip to its hospitals. He also called for international cooperation to fight terrorism and stressed the need for an immediate humanitarian truce that leads to a ceasefire to deliver aid to the Palestinian population in the safest way possible.
Both leaders agreed that finding urgent solutions is necessary and called for launching a comprehensive political process to achieve a just solution for the Palestinian cause, based on the two-state solution. However, Macron also stated that releasing hostages held by Hamas is a top priority for France. This follows an attack by Hamas on October 7th which left nearly 1200 dead and over 240 kidnapped. The situation has escalated with thousands of deaths reported primarily in Gaza Strip, and Palestinians dying at the hands of Israeli security forces and settlers in West Bank and East Jerusalem.
In summary, Macron’s statement highlights France’s commitment to humanitarian aid and medical support for people in Gaza Strip while stressing the need for an immediate humanitarian truce and comprehensive political process for finding a just solution to the Palestinian cause.