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EU’s top diplomat criticizes US for sending weapons to Israel as Gaza deaths rise – POLITICO

His comments come after US President Joe Biden said last week that Israel’s response to Hamas in the Gaza Strip had been The death toll from Israeli retaliatory bombing after the October 7 Hamas attacks has now exceeded 28,000, according to Gaza health authorities.

Borrell noted that the United States made a similar decision regarding supplying arms to Israel during the 2006 conflict with Lebanon “because Israel did not want to stop the war; exactly the same thing happening today.

A series of Israeli strikes hit Rafah, in southern Gaza, early Monday, killing dozens of people. Israel is planning a ground attack in the city, which borders Egypt and is home to nearly 1.5 million Palestinians seeking safety.

Western leaders have denounced Israel’s invasion plan, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “doesn’t listen to anyone,” Borrell said. “Where are they going to evacuate (the Palestinians)? He asked. “To the Moon?”

United Nations agency

EU ministers voiced support for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), which recently came under fire following Israeli allegations that its staff encouraged the October 7 Hamas attacks .

“Many member states have said that there is no alternative for Gaza and that we must avoid funding gaps,” Belgian Development Cooperation Minister Caroline Gennez said.


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