The Red Cross recently sent its president to Qatar to meet with Ismaïl Haniyeh, the head of the Hamas political bureau, in an effort to improve respect for international humanitarian law and address the humanitarian impact of the armed conflict between Israel and Gaza. This visit took place as Qatar continues to mediate for the release of Israeli hostages held in Gaza, with hopes for an agreement on the horizon.
The ongoing conflict has resulted in significant loss of life and hostages being taken in the Gaza Strip, leading to retaliatory attacks from Israel. In response, the Red Cross is actively working to address these issues and ensure the safety and well-being of those affected. One of their main priorities is obtaining permission to visit the hostages in Gaza to provide necessary medical care and ensure their well-being.
This visit is 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. By working closely with all sides, they hope to find solutions that will help end the suffering of those caught up in this conflict and bring peace to the region.