The Leaders of 6 Western Countries Support Israel's Right to Defend itself against Terrorism

World | October 23, 2023, Monday // 09:35
Bulgaria: The Leaders of 6 Western Countries Support Israel's Right to Defend itself against Terrorism

The leaders of six Western countries reaffirmed their support for Israel's "right to defend itself against terrorism" but also urged it to adhere to international humanitarian law. At the same time, a second humanitarian aid convoy was allowed to enter the Gaza Strip. US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have agreed that the besieged Palestinian enclave will now be allowed a "continuous flow" of humanitarian aid, the White House announced.

UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths said the second convoy of 14 aid trucks for Gaza was already in the Palestinian enclave. On Saturday, the first 20 humanitarian aid trucks crossed the border through the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza. Griffiths posted a message on the X social network saying it was another "tiny glimmer of hope for the millions of people in need of humanitarian aid." Oxfam's humanitarian chief, Magnus Corfixen, said "a few trucks a day are simply not enough" and called on aid agencies to get "unimpeded access" to Gaza. And according to Israel's far-right Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, there should be no guarantee of "continued aid" to the territory unless Hamas agrees to release all the hostages it is still holding.

The leaders of the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Great Britain discussed the conflict between Israel and Hamas in a virtual meeting. They have pledged to work closely together to prevent the escalation of war while seeking a political solution and lasting peace. The six leaders also welcomed the release of two hostages by Hamas and called for the immediate release of all remaining hostages, which number more than 200.

The calls came amid growing fears that the war between Israel and Hamas could escalate into a wider Middle East conflict as Israel bombards Gaza and clashes along its border with Lebanon intensify. Last night, the Israeli armed forces announced that they had carried out airstrikes on two Hezbollah cells in Lebanon that were planning to fire anti-tank missiles and projectiles at Israel.

In the past few hours, there have been reports of explosions near several hospitals in Gaza. It is not yet clear if there are any casualties. Among them is Al Shiva, the largest medical complex in Gaza. The Israel Defense Forces said they would investigate whether airstrikes had been carried out on targets in those areas.

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