Paris – Nations around the globe welcomed on Wednesday the announcement that Israel and Hamas reached a deal to free hostages and pause ferocious fighting and bombardment in Gaza.
Some 240 people ranging from infants to the elderly were taken captive during the Hamas-led October 7 attack that killed about 1 200 in Israel, mostly civilians, according to Israeli authorities.
Israel retaliated with a bombing campaign and ground offensive in Gaza, which, according to the Hamas government in the territory, has killed 14 100 people, mainly civilians that included thousands of children.
Here are some key reactions to the agreement:
US President Joe Biden thanked the leaders of Qatar and Egypt for their “critical leadership” in reaching the deal.
“I am extraordinarily gratified that some of these brave souls… will be reunited with their families once this deal is fully implemented,” Biden said, referring to the hostages.
British Foreign Secretary David Cameron called the deal a “a crucial step towards providing relief to the families of the hostages and addressing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.”
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said the “breakthrough” agreement “must be used to bring vital aid to people in Gaza.”
Beijing hoped “that it will help ease the plight of the humanitarian crisis, de-escalate the conflict and ease tensions”, said foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning.
‘First good news’
The Kremlin called the deal “the first good news from Gaza in a very long time”, noting “it is only on the basis of these kinds of pauses that some outlines of future attempts at a sustainable settlement can be built.”
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi welcomed the deal and noted “the continuation of the Egyptian efforts to reach final and sustainable solutions… to guarantee the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.”
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