French President Macron Calls On Israel To Stop Bombing Civilians In Gaza

Macron made it clear that France condemns the cross-border attacks by Palestinian militant groups that Israel claims have resulted in 1,200 deaths, primarily civilians, with 240 others taken hostage.

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French President Macron Calls On Israel To Stop Bombing Civilians In Gaza.

In a wide-ranging interview with the BBC at the end of the first day of an annual Paris Peace Forum, French President Macron called on Israel to stop bombing civilians in Gaza. He stated that there was no justification for the bombings and emphasized that a ceasefire would benefit Israel.

While acknowledging Israel’s right to protect itself after the October 7 Hamas attacks, Macron expressed concern over the civilian casualties. He highlighted the indiscriminate nature of the bombings, stating, “De facto – today, civilians are bombed – de facto.

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These babies, these ladies, these old people are bombed and killed. So there is no reason for that and no legitimacy. So we do urge Israel to stop.”

Macron further emphasized that all governments and aid agencies present at a humanitarian aid conference held in Paris on Thursday had agreed on the need for a humanitarian pause and a ceasefire. He stressed the importance of protecting civilians who have nothing to do with terrorists.

France, along with Israel, the US, the UK, and other Western nations, considers Hamas a terrorist organization. When asked if he wanted other leaders, including those in the US and the UK, to join his calls for a ceasefire, Macron expressed hope that they would.

The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas has resulted in a significant loss of life. The Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza has reported that more than 11,000 people, predominantly civilians, have been killed in Israel’s air and ground strikes since the beginning of the conflict.

During the interview, Macron made it clear that France condemns the cross-border attacks by Palestinian militant groups that Israel claims have resulted in 1,200 deaths, primarily civilians, with 240 others taken hostage.

He expressed solidarity with Israel and its efforts to combat terrorism, stating, “We do share [Israel’s] pain. And we do share their willingness to get rid of terrorism. We know what terrorism means in France.”

However, French President Macron reiterated that there is no justification for the bombing of civilians. He emphasized the importance of upholding democratic principles and recognizing the value of every human life.

“It’s extremely important for all of us because of our principles, because we are democracies. It’s important for the mid-to-long run as well for the security of Israel itself, to recognize that all lives matter,” he added.

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