Borrell of the European Union suggests that the United States stop arming Israel amid fears of the Rafah attack | EU News
European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell urged Israel’s allies, primarily the United States, to stop sending weapons to it in light of the deaths of “a very large number of people” in Gaza.
Referring to US President Joe Biden’s comment last week that Israeli military action had “gone too far,” Borrell said on Monday: “Well, if you think too many people are being killed, then maybe you should provide fewer weapons in order to prevent that.” “Many people have been killed.”
“Isn’t (this) illogical?” He asked, in a press conference in Brussels alongside Philippe Lazzarini, head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), who Israel was pressuring to resign.
“How many times have you heard the most prominent leaders and foreign ministers around the world say that too many people are being killed?” Burrell asked.
“If the international community believes that this is a massacre, and that too many people are being killed, then perhaps we should think about providing weapons,” Borrell added.
The European Union’s chief diplomat also criticized an order issued by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that more than a million Palestinians had taken refuge in Gaza City. Rafah An “evacuation” is needed before the planned Israeli military operation there.
“They are going to evacuate – where? To the moon? Where are they going to evacuate these people?” Burrell asked.
This is not the first time that Borrell has expressed his concern about the invasion of the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. He said on Sunday that an attack there would “lead to an unspeakable humanitarian catastrophe” and serious tensions with neighboring Egypt.
Rafah incursion “terrifying”
Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said that European countries bear responsibility for the atrocities committed in Gaza.
“We Europeans created the problem… and we are playing a sinister role in perpetuating this problem,” Varoufakis told Al Jazeera.
The former Finance Minister accused Borrell of hypocrisy for saying that not enough pressure was being exerted on Israel, stressing that the European Union was “arming Israel collectively.”
Varoufakis added: “As we speak, Germany, France and Italy are sending weapons that are being used in Rafah to kill people.”
His latest statements came as Dozens were killed in Israeli air strikes on Rafah, according to Palestinian health officials, as people there prepared for a major assault on the densely populated urban area.
Meanwhile, Volker Türk, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, expressed concern about the expected Israeli ground attack on Rafah.
Türk said it was “possible to imagine what will happen in the future” if the planned incursion is not stopped.
“Any potential full military incursion into Rafah, where some 1.5 million Palestinians are gathered on the Egyptian border with nowhere else to flee, is horrifying, given the possibility that a very large number of civilians, most of them children and also women, may be present on the Most likely, Turk said in a statement: “He was killed and wounded.”
Human rights groups have also warned that any large-scale attack on Rafah, the last relatively safe area in the Strip, would lead to significant civilian casualties.
More than half of Gaza’s population has crowded into Rafah to escape the Israeli bombing, which has turned most of what remains of the Gaza Strip into rubble.
Most of Rafah’s residents were displaced due to the Israeli attacks on northern, central and eastern Gaza.
Hamas, the Palestinian group that rules Gaza, has warned Israel about this Ground attack in Rafah It would jeopardize negotiations on an armistice and the exchange of prisoners and prisoners.
More than 28,340 people, most of them women and children, have been killed in the Israeli offensive on Gaza since October, according to Palestinian authorities. The continuous Israeli bombing and ground attack have displaced more than 80% of the population, according to relief agencies, and turned a large portion of the land into rubble.
Israel launched its war on Gaza after Hamas carried out a surprise attack on southern Israel on October 7, killing at least 1,139 people, most of them civilians, according to an Al Jazeera count based on official Israeli figures.
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