Cyprus could serve as base for humanitarian operations: French President Macron

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The second-day session of the European Union (EU) Leaders Summit ended. After the meeting, French President Emmanuel Macron held a press conference in Brussels.

Cyprus could serve as base for humanitarian operations: French President Macron

The second-day session of the European Union(EU) Leaders Summit ended. After the meeting, French President Emmanuel Macron held a press conference in Brussels.

French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking after a European Union summit in Brussels, said several European countries are looking to build up a "humanitarian coalition" regarding Gaza and talks were being held with Cyprus and Greece over this.

"A humanitarian truce is useful today to be able to protect those who are on the ground, who have suffered bombings," Macron noted.

The French leader said he recognized Israel's "right and legitimate wish to fight against terrorism", adding that France was ready to provide our assistance.

“Cyprus could serve as a base for humanitarian operations,” Macron emphasized.

Macron also said France wanted to get its citizens out of Gaza soon during a press conference 

"We want to evacuate them as soon as possible. That is what we are organizing with both the Palestinian authorities and Egypt. And this is what several other European countries want to do in coordination with us,"  he added.

Just 74 trucks of food, water and medicine have been permitted to enter Gaza, home to 2.4 million people, since the conflict began - a figure described by aid groups as vastly insufficient.

Before the conflict, around 500 trucks entered daily, according to the United Nations.

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 Israel killed 7 thousand 28 people, including 2 thousand 913 children, 1709 women and 397 elderly people, and injured 18 thousand 484 people in its attacks on Gaza. 
It was reported that 1400 Israelis, including 306 soldiers, were killed and 5 thousand 132 Israelis were wounded in the attacks from Gaza.
The Israeli army hit Damascus and Aleppo airports. As the Middle East is once again turning into a bloodbath, a deadline has been set for nearly 2 and a half million Palestinians to leave the blockaded Gaza.
In the occupied West Bank, 106 Palestinians were killed in attacks by Israeli forces and Jewish settlers.
In Israel's attacks on Gaza, 25 journalists were killed.
In the clashes between the Israeli army and Hezbollah on the Israel-Lebanon border since October 8, 46 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: Newsroom

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