Innocent civilians are being bombed and killed in Gaza and Israel must put an end to it, French President Emmanuel Macron said in an exclusive interview with the British broadcaster BBC.
"Babies, women, and the elderly are being bombed and killed. This has no justification and no legitimacy. That is why we call on Israel to stop," Macron said.
The French President recalled that he had previously publicly condemned Hamas attacks on Israel and expressed the hope that a cease-fire would be reached after some countries, such as the United States and the United Kingdom, advocated a humanitarian pause in hostilities but did not join calls for a ceasefire.
Macron also noted that he was one of the first leaders to call the Israeli President and Prime Minister on Oct. 7.
"On day one we said that this is a war against terrorism because it is being conducted by a democracy and it must be following international rules, the rules of war, and international humanitarian law. But day after day we started to see the continuous bombing of civilians in Gaza," he said.
Macron emphasized that a cease-fire was the only solution and said that Israel was not complying with international law and that there could be no justification for attacking civilians.
The French President said that Israel's bombing of Gaza was prolonging the conflict in the region and that everyone should remember international law.
"Civilians were bombed today. Babies, women, and old people are being bombed and killed. This has no justification or legitimacy. That is why we call on Israel to stop. I am not a judge, I am a head of state. I remind everyone of international law and call for a cease-fire," he stated.
Commenting on the march against antisemitism to be held in the country on Sunday, Macron underlined that his country is one of the European countries with the largest Muslim and Jewish population and said that all French people should unite against antisemitism and share the pain of Palestinians.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who continues to massacre civilians, responded to French President Macron's call to stop bombing.
"The responsibility for any harm to civilians lies with Hamas, not Israel. World leaders should condemn Hamas, not Israel," Netanyahu said.
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 Oct. 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 11, 078 people, including 4,506 children, 2,823 women, and 397 elderly people. It injured at least 32,000 people in its attacks on Gaza.
It was reported that 1,400 Israelis, including 324 soldiers, were killed and 5,132 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 2.5 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, 48 journalists were killed.
In the clashes between the Israeli army and Hezbollah on the Israel-Lebanon border since Oct. 8, 55 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 Jabalia Refugee Camp in Gaza, killing civilians.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he was breaking off all contact with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because of Israeli attacks on civilians in the Gaza Strip.