France expresses its serious concern over the threat of escalation, including escalation in the Gaza Strip, following the Israeli army operation in the Jenin refugee camp on the West Bank yesterday. Several reports indicate that civilians were killed.
With violence in the West Bank causing the death of 30 Palestinians in January 2023 alone, France reaffirms its commitment to upholding international humanitarian law and Israel’s obligation to protect civilians in the Occupied Territories.
France calls on all the parties to exercise restraint and to refrain from fueling the escalation. It is more urgent than ever to revive the prospect of a two-state solution, with both states living side by side in peace and security. It is the only way to guarantee Israelis and Palestinians a just and lasting peace. France stands ready to work with the parties to that end.