A The French President’s visit comes more than two weeks after attacks by the Palestinian group Hamas on Israeli territory, which killed more than 1,400 people, including 30 French citizens.
Furthermore, seven French citizens remain missing: a young woman has hostage status and “for the other six there is a presumption that they are hostages, but there is no certainty”, according to Emmanuel Macron.
Since the beginning of the conflict involving Israel and Hamas, the President of the United States, Joe Biden, and the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, have been to Israel.
On Saturday, the Italian Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, also traveled to Israel for a meeting with the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, as did other European leaders, such as Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament, the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, or British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
The Islamist group Hamas launched a surprise attack on southern Israel on October 7 with the launch of thousands of rockets and the incursion of armed militiamen, taking two hundred hostages.
In response, Israel declared war on Hamas, a movement that has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007 and which is classified as terrorist by the European Union and the United States, bombing several of the group’s infrastructures in the Gaza Strip and imposing a total siege on the territory with cuts of supply of water, fuel and electricity.
The conflict has already caused thousands of deaths and injuries, among military personnel and civilians, in both territories.
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