Israel-Palestinian Territories – Q&A – Extract from the press briefing (May 6, 2024)

Q : Comment réagissez-vous à l’annonce d’Israël d’encourager les personnes présentes dans l’est de la ville de Rafah à rejoindre des zones humanitaires ?

A : France reiterates its strong opposition to an Israeli offensive on Rafah, where over 1.3 million people have taken refuge at a time of great distress. The Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs repeated this message during his trip to Israel last week and the President of France shared the same statement with the Israeli Prime Minister yesterday.

In addition, France states that the forced displacement of a civilian population constitutes a war crime, according to international law.

Our position is clear: the hostages must be freed immediately and a lasting ceasefire must enable the civilian population to receive the protection that they need.

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