Will work with Jordan to carry out humanitarian operations in Gaza: Macron
Emmanuel Macron has expressed concern at the high civilian death toll in Gaza during a call with Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu
As an escalating humanitarian crisis grips Palestine, the French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday, 28 December said France will join Jordan to carry out humanitarian work in Gaza.
“France will work in the coming days in cooperation with Jordan to carry out the humanitarian operations in Gaza,” the French Presidency in a statement said.
The statement added that the French President has also requested for a "lasting ceasefire" in Gaza during his phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, media reports said.
France has been an ally of Israel since the start of the conflict between Hamas and Israel triggered on 7 October .
Macron has expressed his "deepest concern" about civilian deaths and humanitarian emergency in Gaza to Netanyahu.
Media reports said that Macron has also insisted on the importance of measures to end violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank and prevent new planned settlements.
During the temporary one week truce from 24 November to 1 December , between Hamas and Israel, the Hamas released 105 hostages while 129 hostages still remain in Hamas captivity.
The Israelis believe that out of the remaining 129 hostages, at least 20 hostages have died.
There are thousands of Palestinians in Israeli jails who have been held without any trials and access to legal counsel.
The Palestinian Prisoners Club has said that Israeli forces have arrested more than 4,655 people in the occupied West Bank since October 7.
Since the outbreak of hostilities between Hamas and Israel, at least 21,110 Palestinians have been killed mostly being children and women while 53,688 Palestinians have been injured.