Macron informs Netanyahu of the necessity of a long-term ceasefire in Gaza

The French presidency said in a statement on Tuesday that President Emmanuel Macron informed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a phone call of the necessity of working to reach a long-term ceasefire “with the help of all regional and international partners.”

She added that France will also work with Jordan in the coming days on humanitarian operations in Gaza.

The Israeli Army Chief of Staff, Herzi Halevy, said on Tuesday that the war launched by Israel against the Hamas movement in Gaza will likely continue for several months, while the United Nations and a number of Western countries expressed their concern about the escalation of Israeli attacks that led to the deaths of more than 100. A Palestinian in one part of the Strip since Christmas Eve.

“The war will continue for many months and we will use different methods to preserve our achievements for a long time,” Halevy told reporters on the border with Gaza, in a statement broadcast on television.

He added, “There are no magic solutions and no shortcuts to dismantle a terrorist organization, but rather a determined and continuous fight… We will defeat the Hamas leadership as well, whether this takes a week or months.”

The Christmas period witnessed an escalation in the war, especially in the central Gaza Strip, where Israeli forces asked civilians to leave the area, although many say that there is no longer a safe place to go.

“We are deeply concerned about the continued bombing of the central Gaza area by Israeli forces, which has claimed the lives of more than 100 Palestinians since Christmas Eve,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights spokesman Seif Magango.

He added, “Israeli forces must take all available measures to protect civilians. Warnings and evacuation orders do not relieve them of their full obligations under international humanitarian law.”

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