As part of a broader effort to improve respect for international humanitarian law, the Red Cross recently traveled to Qatar to meet with Ismaïl Haniyeh, the head of the Hamas political bureau. The visit took place as Qatar continues to mediate for the release of Israeli hostages held in Gaza, with hopes for an agreement on the horizon.
During the visit, the Red Cross discussed humanitarian issues related to the armed conflict in Israel and Gaza with Haniyeh. The organization is seeking permission to visit the hostages in Gaza to ensure their well-being and provide necessary medical care.
The ongoing conflict has resulted in significant loss of life and hostages being taken in the Gaza Strip, leading to retaliatory attacks from Israel. The Red Cross is actively working to address the humanitarian impact of this conflict and ensure the safety and well-being of those affected.