Italy calls on Israel not to enter Rafah

Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani said that they had urged Israel not to enter Rafah and hoped that Israel would understand that it would be a "mistake".

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Answering questions on the agenda in the program he attended this morning on the Italian SKYTG24 channel, Tajani said, “We called on Israel not to enter Rafah. I hope Israel understands that this is a mistake and that too many civilians will suffer as a result.”

Emphasizing that they asked Israel not to continue the war in Rafah, Tajani reiterated that the Italian government is in favor of the return of the hostages and the delivery of food supplies to the civilian population in Gaza.

Tajani said, “We are working for a two peoples, two states solution. It is very difficult, the parties do not agree, but we must work for the stability of the region.”

Antonio Tajani reminded that Italy launched an initiative called “Food for Gaza” on March 11 and continued as follows:

“For this project, we will invest an additional 20 million euros on top of the 20 million euros we are already using for the Gaza Strip. The aim is to work with the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the Red Crescent and the Red Cross to help deliver food supplies to the civilian population by land and by sea, because air aid is insufficient. Sometimes it ends up in the sea. There have been drownings trying to get this food aid. So it is better to go through the humanitarian corridor from Rafah, which we have supported from the beginning.”

Referring to the terrorist attack in the Russian capital Moscow on March 22, Tajani said: “(Russian President Vladimir) Putin has suffered a very heavy blow from a predictable attack that caused many casualties. The Russian intelligence services have a flaw. Putin should hide this flaw by attacking on other fronts, but Kiev has nothing to do with it and (Belarusian President Alexander) Lukashenko himself denied the Russian President.”


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