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Rafa: 13 Foreign Ministers call on Israel not to proceed with a large-scale ground operation

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Signatories include the foreign ministers of six of the seven G7 countries, excluding the US

The foreign ministers of thirteen countries call on Israel in a joint letter not to proceed with a large-scale ground operation in Rafah, at the southern tip of the Gaza Strip.

According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung paper in circulation, the ministers are also calling for greater amounts of humanitarian aid to reach the civilian Palestinian population in the enclave.

Signatories include the foreign ministers of six of the seven G7 countries, excluding the US .

In the four-page text addressed to their counterpart Israel Katz, they underline that they support Israel's right to legitimate defense and recall that they condemned the attack by the armed wing of Hamas and other Palestinian organizations in southern sectors of Israeli territory on October 7.

At the same time, they call on the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to do everything it can to ease the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, which keeps getting worse.

More specifically, always according to Zidowice Chaitung, call on the Israeli authorities to open all land crossings to the small coastal area, including the one at Rafah, on the closed border with Egypt.

More than a week ago, the Israeli army began operations in the eastern part of the Rafah, defying international pressure, and its units overran the Palestinian side of the crossing. Since then, the flow of humanitarian aid has been halted through this critical passage. Israel and Egypt blame each other for this fact.

The text is signed by the heads of diplomacy of Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Japan and Canada, as well as Australia. , Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea and Sweden.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallad announced the deployment of further forces in Rafah. According to the Israeli armed forces, hundreds of Hamas positions have already been bombed and several underground tunnels have been destroyed.

According to UN estimates, around 600,000 people have now fled the city.

Source: 24h.com.cy

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