EU foreign policy chief says world must ‘impose’ solution to Gaza war

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Josep Borrell warns that the sidesplitting of a Hamas person successful Lebanon could pb to an escalation of the Israel-Hamas war.

Published On 3 Jan 2024

European Union overseas argumentation main Josep Borrell has said the planetary assemblage indispensable enforce a solution to the Israel-Hamas warfare arsenic some sides are incapable to travel to terms.

“I judge that we person learned successful these 30 years that the solution has to beryllium imposed from extracurricular due to the fact that the 2 parties volition ne'er beryllium capable to scope an agreement,” Borrell said astatine an lawsuit successful Lisbon, Portugal, connected Wednesday.

“If this calamity doesn’t extremity soon, the full Middle East mightiness extremity up successful flames”, helium said.

Israel has bombarded the besieged Gaza Strip since October 7, erstwhile Hamas fighters from the Palestinian territory stormed into confederate Israel, sidesplitting astir 1,200 people, and taking astir 240 others hostage, according to Israeli officials.

In effect to the Hamas attack, Israel declared war, launched a devastating bombardment of Gaza and aboriginal ordered a crushed penetration that has near overmuch of the territory successful ruins. More than 22,000 people, mostly women and children, person been killed successful the Israeli assault, according to Palestinian authorities.

The warfare reached the Lebanese superior Beirut connected Tuesday, erstwhile a elder Hamas authoritative was killed successful a blast. Hamas said its lawman leader, Saleh al-Arouri, was assassinated successful an Israeli drone attack.

Israel has neither confirmed nor denied that it killed al-Arouri. Army spokesperson Daniel Hagari said forces were successful a precocious authorities of readiness and prepared for immoderate scenario.

salehHamas’s typical Saleh al-Arouri [File: Nariman El-Mofty/AP Photo]

Hamas politburo subordinate Husam Badran said successful a eulogy for al-Arouri, “We accidental to the transgression concern [Israel] that the conflict betwixt america is open.”

Israel had antecedently accused al-Arouri of orchestrating attacks connected its citizens. A Hamas authoritative said al-Arouri was “at the bosom of negotiations” conducted by Qatar and Egypt implicit the merchandise of hostages held by equipped groups successful Gaza.

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said the decease of al-Arouri connected Lebanese territory aims to “draw Lebanon” deeper into the war, arsenic the Lebanese equipped group, Hezbollah, has traded near-daily occurrence with Israeli forces since the warfare began connected October 7.

“What happened yesterday with the decease of 1 of the leaders of Hamas is yet different origin that could propulsion the struggle to escalate,” Borrell said.

Hezbollah main Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is owed to marque a code successful Beirut aboriginal connected Wednesday aft helium antecedently warned Israel against carrying retired assassinations connected Lebanese ungraded and promised a “severe reaction”.

The United Nations peacekeeping ngo successful Lebanon warned that immoderate escalation “could person devastating consequences for radical connected some sides of the border”.

Borrell added that helium is readying to sojourn the Middle East, including Lebanon, to “explore ways out” of the warfare and would contiguous to EU subordinate states a connection to make a ngo successful the Red Sea.

Yemen’s Houthis person been targeting vessels successful the Red Sea since October successful what they accidental are acts of solidarity with Palestinians successful Gaza.

Several shipping lines person suspended operations done the Red Sea owed to the attacks and person changed routes to instrumentality the longer travel astir Africa instead.



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