French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged the country’s readiness to receive sick and injured Palestinian children in its hospitals in the Gaza Strip, where the Israeli military offensive continues. To support this effort, Macron announced that a new plane with ten tons of medical material would be sent and a second medical ship would be deployed to aid humanitarian efforts in the area.
During a phone call with Egyptian President Abdel Fattá al Sisi, Macron emphasized France’s commitment to evacuating injured or sick children from the Gaza Strip to its hospitals and called for international cooperation to fight terrorism. He also urged an immediate humanitarian truce leading to a ceasefire to ensure aid delivery to the Palestinian population in the safest possible way.
Both leaders agreed on the urgency of finding solutions to the current crisis and acting to guarantee humanitarian aid delivery. They also stressed the importance of launching a comprehensive political process aimed at achieving a just solution for the Palestinian cause based on the two-state solution.
In addition, Macron stated that releasing hostages held by Hamas was a priority for France, following an attack by Hamas on October 7 that resulted in nearly 1,200 deaths and some 240 kidnappings. The situation has escalated, with thousands of deaths reported primarily in Gaza Strip and Palestinians dying at Israeli security forces’ hands and settlers’ hands in West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Therefore, Macron’s statement highlights France’s commitment to providing humanitarian aid and medical support to people in Gaza Strip while emphasizing the need for an immediate humanitarian truce and comprehensive political process towards finding a just resolution for the Palestinian cause.