French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that France is 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 aid humanitarian efforts in the area. During a telephone conversation with Egyptian President Abdel Fattá al Sisi, Macron emphasized France’s commitment to helping evacuate injured or sick children from the Gaza Strip to its hospitals and called for international cooperation to fight terrorism. The leaders also highlighted the need for an immediate humanitarian truce leading to a ceasefire to ensure aid delivery to the Palestinian population safely.
Macron aligned with Sisi and stressed the importance of finding urgent solutions to address the current crisis and ensuring humanitarian aid delivery. Both leaders emphasized the necessity of launching a comprehensive political process for achieving a just solution for Palestine based on the two-state solution. Apart from medical aid and humanitarian efforts, Macron also stated that releasing hostages held by Hamas was a priority for France following an attack by Hamas on October 7 that left nearly 1,200 dead and some 240 kidnapped. Thousands of deaths have been reported primarily in Gaza Strip, with Palestinians dying at Israeli security forces’ hands and settlers’ hands in West Bank and East Jerusalem. In conclusion, Macron’s statement underscores France’s dedication to providing medical support, humanitarian aid, and promoting political solutions towards resolving the Palestinian crisis.