Gaza Crisis: UK, Germany Back ‘Sustainable Ceasefire’

'Too many civilians have been killed” in Gaza, and the war “cannot drag on and on.'

Gaza Crisis: UK, Germany Back ‘Sustainable Ceasefire’

The United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary, David Cameron, and Germany's Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock, have pleaded for a "sustainable ceasefire" in Gaza.

Cameron and Baerbock wrote in a Sunday Times op-ed that "too many civilians have been killed" in Gaza and that the conflict "cannot drag on and on."

"Israel has the right to defend itself, but in doing so, it must abide by international humanitarian law," they stated.

"Israel will not win this war if its operations eliminate the possibility of peaceful coexistence with Palestinians." They have the right to neutralize the Hamas menace. However, far too many people have been killed."

However, top diplomats refrained from pushing for a quick ceasefire.

"Our goal cannot simply be to end the fighting right now." "Peace must last for days, years, and generations," they declared. "We therefore support a ceasefire, but only if it is sustainable."

Cameron and Baerbock's remarks represent a dramatic shift in tone by the UK and German governments, which had previously firmly supported Israel's right to react to Hamas's assault on the nation on October 7.

On the other hand, the director of the Medical Aid for Palestinians advocacy group, Rohan Talbot, has replied to recent reports on the Al Shifa and Kamal Adwan hospitals in Gaza.

"Israel is systematically dismantling Gaza's health system, with only a third of hospitals still functioning," said Talbot, who works for the UK-based nonprofit that provides health care in Gaza and the occupied West Bank.

Talbot remarks on X in response to a WHO update on the condition at Al Shifa Hospital, which was once Gaza's main hospital.

Previously, Talbot called Israeli assertions that Hamas stashed weapons in incubators at Kamal Adwan Hospital "simply untrue."