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Israel appeals to Europe for hospital ships to aid wounded, instead of allowing fuel to Gaza

November 4, 2023 at 12:03 pm

A screen grab captured from a video shows a street following the Israeli attacks on the entrance of the Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, Gaza on November 3, 2023 [AA – Anadolu Agency]

Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper revealed that Israel has resorted to a number of European countries to ask them to send hospital ships to Egypt to treat the wounded instead of allowing fuel into Gaza.

The newspaper reported that the first country Tel Aviv resorted to was France, then it appealed to Germany and others.

The Israeli newspaper explained that the issue has not been closed yet and is under discussion.

According to predictions, this will not happen soon, but instead aims to evacuate hospitals used by Hamas in Gaza in the future.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi had said that his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, promised to send a ship to treat the wounded and injured in the Gaza Strip.

Al-Sisi added in a press conference with his French counterpart that there had been an agreement to allow more aid into Gaza. Hence, the French president promised to send a hospital ship to treat injured Palestinians.

American website Axios quoted an Israeli official and an Arab source confirming that Israel promised to return wounded Palestinians who were treated in Egypt to Gaza after the war.

Israeli officials said Israel’s promise was necessary to convince Egypt, the US and other countries to begin evacuating wounded Palestinians to hospitals in Egypt to receive treatment while attacks on Gaza continue.

According to the website, under the new agreement, nearly 80 wounded Palestinians were evacuated on Wednesday from the Gaza Strip to hospitals in Egypt. This is the first time that any Palestinian has left Gaza since 7 October.

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