France says Palestinian civilians ‘should not be made to pay for Hamas crimes’

Smoke rises during a IDF shelling in the northern Gaza Strip on November 15, 2023 (FADEL SENNA / AFP)
Smoke rises during a IDF shelling in the northern Gaza Strip on November 15, 2023 (FADEL SENNA / AFP)

The Palestinian population should not pay the price for the atrocities committed by Hamas against Israel, France says, expressing “serious concern” about Israeli operations inside Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.

“The Palestinian population should not be made to pay for Hamas’s crimes, even less so the vulnerable, injured or sick and the humanitarian workers who courageously continue their work in extremely dangerous conditions,” the French foreign ministry says in a statement.

Israel says that Hamas’s main underground command center is underneath the hospital, and it has already recovered weaponry in the building. The IDF arrived at the hospital with shipments of medical aid for the facility.

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