France supports Israel in fight against terrorism: Macron

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French President Emmanuel Macron has indicated that regional powers can afford guarantees for 'Israel's security' and will propose the launch of a 'genuine peace process' to achieve the goal of a sustainable Palestinian state.

France supports Israel in fight against terrorism: Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Tel Aviv to show his country's "full solidarity" with Israel.

At a joint press conference following his meeting with Israeli President Isaac Herzog, Macron called for "no expansion of the conflict" between Israel and Hamas and said the release of hostages held in Gaza was the "first objective".

"Israel is not alone in its fight against terrorism. We all have a duty to fight terrorist organizations. Our first goal today is the indiscriminate release of all hostages," Macron said.

The French president also expressed the view that it is imperative to clearly target terrorist groups and to organize targeted operations accordingly.

Macron said France would do everything in its power to bring peace, security, and stability to Israel and the entire region.

"Of course what happened will not be forgotten. We advocate for peace and stability today, tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow because these people were killed simply because they were Jewish and wanted to live in peace," he said.

During his visit, the French President met with the families of the French victims of Hamas attacks on October 7.

Statement from Elysee Palace

Meanwhile, in the statement made by the Elysee Palace before the visit, it was reported that the reason for Macron's visit was to "support Israel and the French Israelis, as well as to propose a real peace process".

Drawing attention to the escalation of border clashes between Israel and Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon, the statement said Macron aimed to "continue efforts to prevent a dangerous escalation of tension in the region".

WHAT HAPPENED

Hamas' military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, announced that they launched a comprehensive attack against Israel called "Al-Aqsa Flood" on the morning of October 7.

While thousands of rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel, armed groups entered the settlements in the region. The Israeli army also launched an attack on the Gaza Strip with dozens of warplanes.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that 4 thousand 651 people, including 1thousand 873 children and 1023 women, were killed and 14 thousand 245 injured in Israel's attacks on Gaza.

It was reported that 1 thousand 400 Israelis, including 306 soldiers, were killed and 5 thousand132 Israelis were wounded in the attacks from Gaza.

The Israeli army hit Damascus and Aleppo airports. As the Middle East is turning into a bloodbath again, a deadline has been set for nearly 2 and a half million Palestinians to leave the blockaded Gaza.

In the occupied West Bank, 90 Palestinians were reportedly killed in attacks by Israeli forces and Jewish settlers.

In Israel's attacks on Gaza, 18 journalists were killed.

In the clashes between the Israeli army and Hezbollah on the Israel-Lebanon border since October 8, 24 Hezbollah members and 4 civilians, one of whom was a journalist, were killed. Three Israeli soldiers and one Israeli civilian were killed in the attacks organized by Lebanon. 

Most recently, Israel attacked the al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza, killing civilians.

Source: Euronews

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