“We would already like to be able to believe in it, to ensure that it holds”, reacts the general director of MSF

The four-day truce between Israel and Hamas has come into effect. A break which will also allow Doctors Without Borders “to take care of the living” in the Palestinian enclave, assures the general director of the NGO.


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Doctors Without Borders (MSF).  Illustrative photo.  (RICCARDO MILANI / HANS LUCAS / AFP)

We would already like to be able to believe in it, to ensure that it holds“, reacts Friday November 24 on franceinfo Claire Magone, general director of Médecins sans frontières (MSF). A four-day truce between Hamas and Israel came into force at 6 a.m. French time on Friday. “For now, we need to believe in it and as soon as we have the feeling that it will hold, we will hurry to evacuate these people stuck in the north“from Gaza, she confides.

Claire Magone remains cautious because the MSF teams on site, “like the population“, are “completely stunned.“She denounces it”spiral of violence and murderous madness“in the enclave in recent days, which”also affects the staff” from the NGO. Furthermore, this four-day truce will not be “not sufficient” For “treat people properly“because the human and material damage is too great in Gaza and”the hospital and health system has completely collapsed“, she explains.

Our only hope is to have time, to hurry to take care of the living while telling ourselves: what will happen next, once this window closes?“, adds the general director of Médecins sans frontières.

This truce must be followed by the release of 13 hostages, women and children, on Friday afternoon. The agreement between Israel and Hamas provides for the release of 50 hostages held by Hamas in exchange for that of 150 Palestinian prisoners.

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