Jan Egeland, secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council, told DW that it would be “catastrophic” if the temporary cease-fire between Hamas and Israel in Gaza was not extended further.
“We do not think that continued warfare would make Israel safer, and it would certainly make Gaza unlivable for 2.3 million people,” Egeland said.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu previously said the war against , classified by multiple countries as a terrorist organization, would continue after the truce until Israel achieved all its goals.
Egeland said finding a permanent solution to the broader Israeli-Palestinian conflict was more important.
“That they want to take those killers from the 7th October, I very much understand, but they have killed thousands of children now with their bombardment. The rest of the world doesn’t really accept that war on terror would mean killing thousands of innocent children,” Egeland said.
Egeland called on Israel’s allies to urge the country’s leader to do more to protect civilians from the war.
“So we hope the United States and the United Kingdom and Germany, that are naturally friends and allies of Israel, can convince them to shield the civilian population, which means an end to this.”
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