During a telephone conversation with the president of Egypt, Abdel Fattá al Sisi, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that his country was ready to receive sick or injured Palestinian children in its hospitals in the Gaza Strip. To support this effort, Macron confirmed the sending of a new plane with ten tons of medical material and the deployment of a second medical ship to support humanitarian efforts in the area.
Macron emphasized France’s mobilization of all means to help evacuate injured or sick children from the Gaza Strip to its hospitals and called for international cooperation to fight terrorism. He also highlighted the need for an immediate humanitarian truce that leads to a ceasefire to deliver aid to the Palestinian population in the safest way possible.
Both leaders agreed on finding urgent solutions to the current crisis and acting to guarantee the delivery of humanitarian aid. They also stressed the importance of launching a comprehensive political process to achieve a just solution for the Palestinian cause, based on the two-state solution.
Apart from medical aid and humanitarian efforts, Macron stated that releasing hostages held by Hamas is a priority for France. This follows an attack by Hamas on October 7 which left nearly 1,200 dead and some 240 kidnapped. The situation has escalated with thousands of deaths reported primarily in the Gaza Strip and Palestinians dying at the hands of Israeli security forces and settlers in West Bank and East Jerusalem.
In summary, President Macron’s statement conveys France’s commitment to supporting humanitarian aid and medical assistance for those affected by violence in Israel-Palestine conflict while calling for immediate action towards peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.