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In call with Netanyahu, France’s Macron urges reopening of Gaza border crossing

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron (L) as they hold a joint press conference in Jerusalem on October 24, 2023. (Christophe Ena/Pool/AFP)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron (L) as they hold a joint press conference in Jerusalem on October 24, 2023. (Christophe Ena/Pool/AFP)

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron urges Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to open a major border crossing to deliver much-needed aid into Gaza.

Macron’s call came to reopen Kerem Shalom comes a day after a senior Israeli official said the crossing to Gaza would operate to inspect humanitarian aid trucks for the first time since the Israel-Hamas war began. The move, slated to be implemented in the coming days, is meant to facilitate an increase in the number of aid trucks that can enter Gaza each day.

While Israel will use the Kerem Shalom facilities to inspect the trucks, they will still need to enter Gaza through the Rafah crossing between the Strip and Egypt.

During a telephone conversation between the two leaders, Macron also spoke of “the need to protect civilians in Gaza and stressed the importance of achieving a lasting ceasefire,” says the Elysee.

He adds that “Israel must take the necessary measures to put an end to the violence committed by settlers against Palestinian civilians in the West Bank.”

There is no immediate readout on the call from Netanyahu’s office.

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