Recently, the head of the Red Cross traveled to Qatar to meet with Ismaïl Haniyeh, the head of the Hamas political bureau, in order to discuss humanitarian issues related to the armed conflict between Israel and Gaza. This visit was part of a broader effort by the Red Cross to hold direct discussions with all parties involved in the conflict in order to improve respect for international humanitarian law.
During this meeting, the Red Cross also sought permission to visit hostages being held in Gaza to ensure their well-being and provide necessary medical care. The ongoing conflict has resulted in significant loss of life and hostages being taken in the Gaza Strip, leading to retaliatory attacks from Israel. The Red Cross is actively working to address the humanitarian impact of this conflict and ensure the safety and well-being of those affected.
Qatar has been actively mediating for the release of Israeli hostages held in Gaza, with hopes for an agreement on the horizon. The Red Cross’s efforts are focused on ensuring that all parties involved in this conflict adhere to their obligations under international humanitarian law and work towards a peaceful resolution.