French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that the country is ready to receive sick or injured Palestinian children in its hospitals in the Gaza Strip, where the Israeli military offensive continues. To support 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 support humanitarian efforts in the area.
During a telephone conversation with Egyptian President Abdel Fattá al Sisi, Macron emphasized France’s commitment to mobilizing all means to help evacuate injured or sick children from the Gaza Strip to its hospitals. He also called for international cooperation to fight terrorism and emphasized 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 on finding urgent solutions to the current crisis and acting to guarantee the delivery of humanitarian aid. They highlighted the importance of launching a comprehensive political process to achieve a just solution for the Palestinian cause, based on the two-state solution.
In addition to medical aid and humanitarian efforts, Macron stated that releasing hostages held by Hamas is a priority for France. This follows an attack by Hamas on October 7th, which left nearly 1,200 dead and some 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.
Macron’s statement conveyed France’s commitment towards supporting humanitarian aid and medical care for people living in Gaza Strip while also highlighting his call for immediate humanitarian truce and comprehensive political process leading towards a just resolution of Palestinian crisis.