Macron Breaks the Mold: First Military Ship to Support Palestinians, Not to Protect the Occupying Army

In the next two days, the first Western military ship will arrive in the eastern Mediterranean from Toulon to provide relief and support to the beleaguered healthcare sector in Gaza.

This comes after nearly two weeks of only military reinforcements reaching the region, reinforcing the aggression and ensuring that the occupying entity gets its "retribution" against the resistance.

Ship and Plane

French President Emmanuel Macron announced today from Cairo that his country will send one of its naval vessels to the eastern Mediterranean to support hospitals in Gaza. Additionally, a plane carrying specialized medical supplies for the sector will arrive in Egypt on Thursday, according to the French news agency.

Following talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Macron clarified that the ship "will sail from Toulon in the next forty-eight hours."

Humanitarian Aid Piling Up

Arab and international humanitarian aid has been accumulating on the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing for days, but only meager quantities have entered Gaza. The humanitarian crisis has intensified due to the ongoing war between Israel and Palestinian resistance.

Paris Doesn't Play Both Sides

Macron distanced himself from accusations that have targeted most Western countries regarding their stance on the ongoing Israeli aggression on the sector, stating, "France does not practice double standards." He emphasized that "international law applies to everyone, and France adopts universal humanitarian values."

Healthcare Crisis in Gaza

Amid the continuous bombardment by the Israeli air force for over two weeks, Gaza's hospitals are operating at over 150% of their capacity. Twenty out of 35 hospitals have been taken out of service following 69 Israeli attacks on healthcare facilities, according to the latest reports from the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

Furthermore, there have been over 260 assaults on medical personnel, resulting in 73 martyrs and over 100 injured. Fifty ambulances, including 25 completely incapacitated, have been damaged.

Due to the shortage of medical supplies and fuel to power electricity generators, medical staff have been forced to perform surgeries without anesthesia and conduct other basic surgical procedures. They provide medical care to patients while lying on the ground between beds, in corridors, and in the vicinity of hospitals, according to a report by the United Nations. The report also warned of the spread of epidemics and diseases, including cholera, waterborne diseases, and skin diseases, amidst the shortage of medicines and Palestinians resorting to using contaminated water after the occupation cut off water supplies to the sector.

The toll of the continuous Israeli aggression on Gaza and the West Bank has risen to over 6,504 martyrs (6,400 in Gaza, 104 in the West Bank) and approximately 19,000 wounded (17,000 in Gaza, 1,900 in the West Bank). The percentage of martyrs among children, women, and the elderly is about 70%, according to the latest data from the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

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