His feedback come after U.S. President Joe Biden mentioned final week that Israel’s response to Hamas within the Gaza Strip has been “excessive.” The loss of life toll from Israel’s retaliatory bombings after the October 7 assaults by Hamas has now surpassed 28,000 individuals, based on Gaza’s well being authorities.
Borrell famous the U.S. had taken an analogous determination on arms provides to Israel in its 2006 battle with Lebanon “as a result of Israel did not need to cease the struggle; precisely the identical factor that occurs right this moment.”
A sequence of Israeli strikes hit Rafah in southern Gaza early Monday, killing dozens of individuals. Israel plans a floor assault within the metropolis, which borders on Egypt, and the place virtually 1.5 million Palestinians are crammed searching for security.
Western leaders have decried Israel’s invasion plan, however Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “doesn’t hearken to anybody,” Borrell mentioned. “The place are they going to evacuate [Palestinians]?” he requested. “To the moon?”
The EU ministers voiced assist for the United Nations company for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), which has just lately taken fireplace amid Israeli allegations that members of its employees abetted the October 7 Hamas assaults.
“Many member states acknowledged there isn’t any various for Gaza and that we should stop funding gaps,” mentioned Belgium’s Minister of Improvement Cooperation Caroline Gennez.