Pope Francis called for the opening of humanitarian corridors for the withdrawal of the population of the Gaza Strip and stated the need to free the hostages. About it reported Reuters agency.
“Let humanitarian rights be respected, especially in the Gaza Strip, where it is urgent and necessary to guarantee humanitarian corridors to help the entire population,” he said during an address at the Vatican.
Francis said the Palestinian group Hamas needed to free the Israeli hostages. He also called “not to shed innocent blood” and to stop wars around the world, the agency adds.
October 15 humanitarian corridor opened Israel. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) suspended shelling of the Salah al-Din highway from 10:00 to 13:00 local time (which coincides with Moscow time) for the passage of the population.
Before the announcement of the corridor, the media reported that the road was being shelled, as a result of which, according to the latest data, 70 people were killed and about 200 were injured. The IDF rejected accusations of the attack, pointing to adherence to international law.
On the morning of October 7, Hamas militants invaded Israel, accusing its authorities of oppression and violations of the rights of Palestinians. The militants attacked the border units of the Israeli army and entered populated areas, taking military and civilian hostages. The IDF responded by launching Operation Iron Swords, initiating large-scale bombing of the Gaza Strip. The total number of deaths during the clashes exceeded 3,500 people.
In recent days, the IDF has been announcing a ground operation in Gaza. October 14 army announced about readiness to launch a ground invasion of the territory of the Palestinian enclave, but after the media reported that the start of the operation was postponed.