French President Emmanuel Macron called for a ceasefire in Gaza, calling it "the only solution" to the war between Israel and Hamas.
While he said Israel had the right "to protect itself and react" to the October 7 attacks carried out by Hamas, he also said that Israel should comply "with international rules of war and humanitarian international law."
Macron added that he hopes other world leaders will join his call for a ceasefire.
"We share the pain and we do share a willingness to get rid of terrorism. We know what terrorism means in France. But I think there is no justification to attack civilians," Macron said while speaking to the BBC from the Élysée Palace on Friday.
Some background: The US administration, for its part, has resisted calling for a ceasefire, although officials have worked to ramp up aid going into Gaza and pushed for humanitarian pauses to allow more assistance to flow into the enclave and to allow civilians to flee away from the fighting.
Although Blinken commended Israel for its announcement of daily military pauses in areas of northern Gaza and two evacuation corridors, he said that “there is more that can and should be done to minimize harm to Palestinian civilians.”