The Quai d’Orsay reiterates its call for a “stopping of the fighting” to avoid “a disaster”, and “opposes any forced displacement of populations”.
Reading time: 1 min
The words are decided. “A large-scale Israeli offensive in Rafah would create a catastrophic humanitarian situation of a new dimension and unjustifiable”fears the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which took a position in a press release on Sunday February 11.
“France expresses its deepest concern after the Israeli strikes in Rafah”a town in the south of the Gaza Strip on which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is threatening to launch an offensive. “Rafah is today a place where more than 1.3 million people are taking refuge” And “a vital crossing point for delivering humanitarian aid to the population of Gaza”recalls the press release.
Concerns of the international community
“In order to avoid disaster, we reiterate our call for an end to the fighting”insists the ministry, which “opposes any forced displacement of populations”. Paris also demands that Israel take “concrete measures to protect the lives of civilian populations”. Benyamin Netanyahu persisted in ensuring that the population will benefit from secure passage.
Several countries were alarmed by Israeli announcements of action on Rafah: the United States assured that it would not support an operation “without serious and credible planning”and Germany has warned of “humanitarian disaster”. In its press release, Paris repeats that “the future of the Gaza Strip and its inhabitants can only be part of a Palestinian state living in peace and security alongside Israel”.