Israel/Palestine: Statement by the Spokesperson on the ceasefire in Gaza

May 15, 2023
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The European Union welcomes the announced ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which should bring an end to the violence in and around Gaza.

The EU commends Egypt for facilitating the agreement, and the United Nations for its positive role in this context.

The EU deeply deplores the loss of civilian lives over the past days, including children, killed and injured in the Gaza Strip and in Israel. It is now crucial to consolidate the ceasefire and to reopen the crossings to allow especially humanitarian assistance and fuel, as well as workers, to enter and exit Gaza.

The EU stands ready to work with all of its partners to bring relief, assist in achieving calm for both Israelis and Palestinians and restore a political horizon.

The EU reiterates its call for all parties to work towards de-escalation, in line with undertakings made in Aqaba and Sharm El Sheikh.

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