France says it expects to receive ‘verifiable proof’ medicines reached hostages in Gaza

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Thousands of protesters join the families of the hostages calling for the immediate release of those still being held in captivity in Gaza in Tel Aviv on February 3, 2024. (Adar Eyal)
Thousands of protesters join the families of the hostages calling for the immediate release of those still being held in captivity in Gaza in Tel Aviv on February 3, 2024. (Adar Eyal)

Weeks after medicine was delivered to the Gaza Strip for hostages held by Hamas, the countries involved in the complex operation still do not know whether the drugs reached the captives.

“We know that the medications effectively entered into Gaza,” a member of French Foreign Minister Stéphane Séjourné’s entourage tells The Times of Israel. “The modalities of their transfer to the hostages were dealt under Qatar’s mediation. We now expect to receive verifiable proof that the medications have reached their beneficiaries.”

“The responsibility lies on Hamas and is a matter of regular exchanges with Qatari authorities,” the official continues.

The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office declines to comment.

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