EU condemns Hamas for using civilians as human shields

Israel National News reports: “The European Union (EU) on Sunday condemned Hamas for using ‘hospitals and civilians as human shields’ in Gaza, but also urged Israel to show ‘maximum restraint’ to protect civilians from the war it is waging against Hamas.

‘The EU is gravely concerned about the deepening humanitarian crisis in Gaza,’ EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in a statement.

‘The EU joins calls for immediate pauses in hostilities and the establishment of humanitarian corridors, including through increased capacity at border crossings and through a dedicated maritime route, so that humanitarian aid can safely reach the population of Gaza,’ he added.

Borrell further said that ‘the EU re-emphasizes Israel’s right to defend itself in line with international law and international humanitarian law. The EU calls for continued, rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access and aid to reach those in need through all necessary measures including humanitarian corridors and pauses for humanitarian needs. In this regard, we welcome the results of the November 9 humanitarian conference held in Paris.’

‘The EU reiterates its call on Hamas for the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages. It is crucial that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is granted access to the hostages,’ continued the statement…”

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