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EU Sounds Alarm on Worsening Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

Crisis in Gaza

EU foreign policy chief says humanitarian situation in Gaza could not be worse
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Monday (January 22) that the way Israel is waging its war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip is “sowing hatred for generations.”

Borrell’s comments came as EU ministers held separate talks on Monday with Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz and the Palestinian Authority’s top diplomat, Riyad al-Maliki.

Borrell told reporters, “We know what Hamas is and what Hamas does, and of course we refuse to accept it and we condemn it. But peace and stability cannot be established solely through military means, not through the use of military means. “This particular way.”

Borrell has been one of the Western officials who has criticized the number of civilian casualties in Gaza. The health ministry in Hamas-controlled Gaza said at least 25,105 Palestinians, many of them women and children, had been killed. Gaza’s health ministry distinguished between death tolls for civilians and Hamas militants.

“The humanitarian situation there couldn’t be worse,” Borrell said. “There are no words to explain the situation there. Hundreds of thousands of people have nothing—no shelter, no food, no medicine—and have been bombed. Every day, many civilians are killed.” Israel accused

Hamas Putting civilians at risk, the Hamas armed group intentionally operates in residential areas and tunnel systems in residential areas.

Fighting in Gaza continued on Monday, with Israeli airstrikes targeting Hamas militants in northern, central, and southern Gaza. Air strikes and fierce fighting were reported in Khan Younis, Gaza’s second-largest city in the south.

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The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said its ambulances were unable to transport the injured in Khan Younis because Israeli forces surrounded the organization’s ambulance center.

Israel vowed to destroy Hamas, which rules Gaza, after Hamas militants violently invaded southern Israel on October 7 and killed about 1,200 people, according to Israeli statistics, most of them civilians. Hamas, designated a terrorist organization by the United States, Britain, the European Union, and other countries, also took about 240 hostages.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday rejected Hamas’s proposal to end the war

“In exchange for the release of our hostages, Hamas demands an end to the war, the withdrawal of our troops from Gaza, and the release of all murderers and rapists. Leave Hamas intact,” Netanyahu said in a statement.

“I directly reject Hamas’s devilish surrender terms,” ​​Netanyahu said.

Hamas on Sunday defended its terror attacks on Israel but admitted “mistakes” and called for an end to the “Israeli invasion” of Gaza. In its first public comments on the attack that sparked the war, Hamas said it was a “necessary step” against Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory and a way to win the release of Palestinian prisoners.

In a deal brokered by the United Nations, Qatar, and Egypt in late November, more than 100 of the approximately 240 hostages held in Gaza were released in exchange for 240 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons. released.

Since that deal ended, Netanyahu has faced increasing pressure from within Israel and some world leaders to secure the release of the remaining 136 hostages, dozens of whom may have died or been killed. Some world leaders, not including U.S. President Joe Biden, have called for an immediate ceasefire.

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Netanyahu has also recently taken a strong stance against the establishment of a Palestinian state as a plan to stabilize the turbulent Middle East and prevent the Israel-Kazakhstan war from expanding to the entire region. President Biden and other U.S. officials have called for the establishment of a Palestinian state.

“I will not compromise on Israel maintaining full security control over all territory west of the Jordan River,” he said.

Biden said Friday that he spoke with Netanyahu about possible solutions to create an independent Palestinian state that could include a demilitarized government.

Netanyahu said he was under pressure to change his stance on statehood for the Palestinians. International and Domestic Pressures”.

Netanyahu said, “My persistence has prevented, for many years, the establishment of a Palestinian state that would pose an existential threat to Israel.”

British Defense Secretary Grant Shapps told Sky News on Sunday that Netanyahu’s hearing Niyahu’s opposition to Palestinian statehood after the Israel-Kazakhstan war is “disappointing.”

“Unless you go for a two-state solution, I really don’t see another solution,” Shapps said.

“There are some types of two-state solutions,” Biden said Friday, discussing the U.S. government’s position. “No, that’s not the case,” Biden said in response to a question about whether a two-state solution was impossible during Netanyahu’s administration.

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