The European Union is calling for a ceasefire in Gaza for the first time

The heads of state and government of the European Union spoke urgently today about the confrontational situation in Gaza, where more than 30,000 people have already died. After a summit in Brussels, the heads of state and government of the 27 member states called for an “immediate humanitarian pause” that would lead to “a permanent ceasefire, the unconditional release of all hostages and the provision of humanitarian assistance.”

First joint agreement on the situation in Gaza

This statement is relevant because it shows, for the first time, a consensus among EU leaders If you demand a permanent end to the conflict: So far, only agreements have been made between the Euro partners They referred to the implementation of “humanitarian breaks”although a ceasefire had never been considered.

In the same text signed by the summit participants, you can read how EU leaders called on Netanyahu not to launch an offensive against the city of Rafá, where a million Gazans are being displaced near the border with Egypt . For the partners, this deployment to the enclave would make the situation worse It is “already catastrophic” that Palestinian citizens are suffering.

The letter speaks of the “critical” situation prevailing in the Gaza Strip. and the “disproportionate impact” of the Israeli operation on civilians, “Especially children,” emphasize the representatives of the European Union.

UNRWA and humanitarian corridors

Leaders have also expressed concern about this “Imminent danger of famine”For this reason, they are calling for the approval of additional land crossings with Gaza and permission for air and sea assistance “to complement the land routes, which remain the main means of transporting the necessary quantities.” This common position was adopted by the Heads of State and Government considers “full, rapid, safe and unhindered” humanitarian access to be “essential”.

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EU countries have also commented its support for the United Nations National Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), and its “essential” role in providing humanitarian assistance in Gaza. Members also praised the agency’s quick response to allegations of having Hamas collaborators in its ranks. The Union “looks forward to the results of the investigation and further decisive action by the UN.” Ensuring accountability and strengthening control and supervision.

Condemn violence in the West Bank

Finally, union members have strongly condemned the violence perpetrated by some settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. In order to prevent the spread of these measures, the member states of the USAE have committed to accelerate their work to “adopt the relevant specific restrictive measures”.

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