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France calls for 'immediate and durable' ceasefire in Gaza



France has called for an "immediate and durable truce" in the Israel-Hamas war, saying that it is deeply concerned about the situation in Gaza.

Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna added that too many civilians were being killed.


Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen said a ceasefire would be an error, describing it as a gift to Hamas.

The UK and Germany earlier called for a "sustainable ceasefire", but stopped short of saying it should be immediate.


Ms Colonna arrived in Tel Aviv on Sunday for a meeting with her Israeli counterpart Eli Cohen.


A statement released by the French Foreign Ministry before her visit said she would call for a truce, which should "lead to a lasting ceasefire with the aim of releasing all hostages and delivering aid to Gaza".


During the meeting with Mr Cohen, the French foreign minister added that the victims of the Hamas attack on Israel on 7 October should not be forgotten.

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