Madrid (Agencies): Spain’s deputy Prime Minister, Yolanda Diaz, on Friday called on the international community to put pressure on Israel to avoid “a massacre” in Gaza, Anadolu Agency reports.
Her statement came after Israeli forces warned more than 1 million residents in the north of Gaza to move south within 24 hours.
The international community cannot look the other way
Diaz posted on the social media platform X.
The EU must demand that Israel stop the plans that are causing a massacre
Diaz is the head of Spain’s far-left Sumar party, which is a junior partner in Spain’s acting coalition government. She called on Spain and the EU “to urgently mobilise for peace.”
Earlier this week, Spanish Foreign Minister, Jose Manuel Albares, said the entire government condemns Hamas’s attack on Israel, but agrees that any military response must fall within international law.
The UN has warned that Israel’s order to evacuate the north of Gaza amid constant bombing would be impossible “without devastating humanitarian consequences.”
Spain is one of the few Western countries that announced it is boosting its aid to Palestine amid the conflict.
“We can’t confuse Hamas with the Palestinian people,” Albares said on Tuesday. “What we are going to need in the days to come isn’t less aid; it’s more humanitarian aid for Palestinians.”
According to El Pais, Spain’s Foreign Ministry is also coordinating with other European countries to try to evacuate the estimated 120 Spanish citizens from the besieged Gaza Strip.
But, at the moment, officials said it is impossible to enter or leave Gaza. To facilitate evacuations, Spanish authorities told El Pais that they would need permission from Israel, Hamas and likely the collaboration of Egypt.